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    Australia Announce New Captain and Vice Captain

    Thought this deserved a thread of its own, as it's such a watershead in Australian cricket. Unlike other countries, we don't change captain lightly.

    My tip for vice captain is Watson.
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    I'd choose Watson as well as VC but I thought Hads had the inside running on that job.
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    I think they want Paine in the team soon, so I think that makes the deputy's role for Haddin unlikely.

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    Bastard! I thought they announced it already and i missed it this morning!
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    11am eh, press conference on tv hopefully....foxsports news here i come....Clarke captain of both, Watson vc of both i hope. Though im sure Haddin will probably get vc of both.

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    Clarke and watson it is! Official!

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    Watson VC. Good pick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robelinda View Post
    Clarke and watson it is! Official!
    Watto gives awesome interviews when Australia are losing, which is an important skill for an Australian VC ATM.

    Nah, seriously though... Watto as vice captain, therefore likely to lead Australia at some point in time. Who'd have thought that a couple of years ago?!

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    It is interesting that they selected Watson as Vice Captain. The VC role has traditionally been reserved as the grooming ground for the next captain. Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke all spent a significant amount of time as the understudy.

    I find it highly unlikely that Watson will ever have a major spell as captain. Both Clarke and Watson are almost identical in age, and both have a poor history with injuries suggesting neither will last far into their mid 30ís. I guess the hope is someone can establish themselves in the Test squad who is under the age of 28 and show some real leadership material.

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    Quote Originally Posted by four_or_six View Post
    Watto gives awesome interviews when Australia are losing, which is an important skill for an Australian VC ATM.

    Nah, seriously though... Watto as vice captain, therefore likely to lead Australia at some point in time. Who'd have thought that a couple of years ago?!
    I'm not sure that Watson had alot of competition for the Test VC role. (who cares about ODIs for the next 3 years)

    Who else in the side is a guaranteed selection based on non-captaincy performance, has the experience to lead the side if Clarke gets injured and has at least 3 years of decent cricket in them?

    Haddin = too old (?), very ordinary gloveman. Paine/Wade will come into the side some time soon.
    MHussey = too old (?).
    Katich = too old, may never return.

    You generally wouldn't give it to any of the fast bowlers - we don't have an Imran. Spin bowler maybe, if an astute cricketing brain like Warne/Vettori emerges who is a regular in the side, but it is still very much a departure lounge.

    NFI why Smith is in the Test side at all with that dreadful technique and nude bowling.
    White - leadership pedigree, but probably not going to make it as a Test batter. Miles away.
    North - never to return (please!). He'd have to absolutely plunder Sheffield Shield to break his way back into the side.
    Usman = newbie - ask again in a few years.
    Hughes = tenure unsure.

    Cupboard is pretty bare...

    So Clarke/Watson is really the only option for mine - best of a bad bunch. Haddin/Hussey/Ponting can provide leadership support for a year or two until we get 20 Tests into some new guys.
    Last edited by Tom 1972; 29-03-2011 at 06:57 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noble One View Post
    It is interesting that they selected Watson as Vice Captain. The VC role has traditionally been reserved as the grooming ground for the next captain. Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke all spent a significant amount of time as the understudy.

    I find it highly unlikely that Watson will ever have a major spell as captain. Both Clarke and Watson are almost identical in age, and both have a poor history with injuries suggesting neither will last far into their mid 30’s. I guess the hope is someone can establish themselves in the Test squad who is under the age of 28 and show some real leadership material.
    I was thinking the very same thing Noble. But with that said we've also had Warne as VC (could have been an excellent captain had it not been a problem that he could not keep his paints zipped), and Gilchrist (just the wrong age but still won us a series in India)

    I think they want to ensure that a senior player stands beside Clarke, especially in one or two years when Ponting finally puts that bats away.

    I personally would not be surprised if the Vice Captaincy goes to the likes of Cosgrove, Paine, Ferguson or Smith in 12 to 24 months time. Surely the selectors are looking towards a future leadership team and are thus starting to give the 'pups' a chance to prove themselves.
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    No way will Cosgrove get picked let alone become vice-captain imo.
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