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    Who will be Australia’s next vice-captain and who should be?

    Pretty simple question, the first will probably have a uniform answer but the second not so much. Also wrt Clarke, is he ready to captain the side in, say, Pakistan if Ponting goes down?
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    Michael Clarke will be Australia's next Vice Captain.

    MIke Hussey should be.

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    It wouldn't surprise me if Hussey is made the vice-captain given that he was preferred over Clarke in last years C-H series in NZ. That said, if Clarke is to be the next Captain, he should be made vice-captain now imo.
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    If Ponting were to miss a Test through injury, I'll probably go towards Mike Hussey.
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    Seeing as Clarke is likely the next long-term skipper it does make sense to groom him in a leadership role. However if Ponting were to go down I wouldnt be comfortable with him captaining Australia in a test match, would prefer Hussey or possibly even Hayden in that scenario.

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    I'd say it'll be clarke. I don't really agree with it though. There's no one else that really stands out as needing to be picked in the role. Hussey could but i don't see any real great advantage to it. The problem with clarke is that he comes from the same mindset as ponting. I'd prefer someone with a bowlers point of view or something similar to throw things out there.
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    I have a few reservations about making Clarke captain-in-waiting. Firstly, the youth. Johnson and Tait aside, he's comfortably the youngest in the selection circle. This is not a 'maturity' issue or a 'respect' issue - he's done enough to earn both in spades - but is the fact that if he's made captain at 28 or 29, and turns out to be a poor tactician or leader of men, then selectors can't reverse the selection without losing all credibility - since the move's been made with long-term intent. Therefore, they're stuck with him for 7-10 years, come what may.

    Another, more minor grievance - most captains worth their salt tend to observe proceedings from slip or mid-off - positions in which Clarke's skills are either absent or totally wasted. Can't see him picking up a bowler's line or swing (and making changes accordingly) from cover-point.

    However, we can only speculate how it affects his batting.
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    Wasn't Hussey derided as a poor captain about this time last year?

    He seems a "safe" choice and might be. But if he's a poor captain he'd not be a good one.

    Short answer is, there's no ideal answer.
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    It not uncommon to give a young player the vice captaincy and then once the a new full time captain is required then you go to older player. Pretty much happened with Jayawardene, but Atapattu did take over as vice captain a couple months prior to Jayasuriya indicating he would hand it over.
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    Tough one, as I think it might weigh on Clarke a bit too much. He seems like the type to let things like that stress him out - different to Ponting in that respect. He has only relatively recently established himself as a test regular. Still a bold move could be good. I'd be inclined to go Hussey though, doesn't mean he has to be the next captain. Gilchrist was vice to Waugh and then Ponting became captain I think?
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    Was actually thinking about this further.

    How about Clarke for ODI, Hussey for Test.

    I have no problem with Clarke taking over as Captain for the shorter form of the game, but feel Hussey would be a better option in Tests.

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    Matthew Hayden - he is a big part of the team and it would be nice for him to be recognized.
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