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Clarke replaces Ponting

SYDNEY, March 30 – The divisive Michael Clarke began his reign as Australia's new Test and one-day captain on Wednesday by denying that former skipper Ricky Ponting's presence in the side will cause problems.
Long seen as heir-apparent, the stylish batsman, who turns 30 on Saturday, was appointed to one of the most coveted roles in Australian sport after Ponting bowed to pressure and quit on the heels of their World Cup exit.

Clarke jumps into the role immediately, leaving this week for a tour of Bangladesh as fans remain split on whether he is the right man for the job.

Ponting, who led Australia in more than 300 Test and one-day matches, will also be on the plane, taking orders from his former deputy for the first time after being named in the squad to play three one-dayers.

"First of all can I say what an honour it is to be named captain and also a huge surprise to see Ricky stand down," Clarke said, denying Ponting’s desire to keep playing would overshadow him.

"I know Ricky will allow me to do my job to the best of my ability. Bangladesh will be a great test for that to see how it all unfolds."

 Shane Watson was named as Clarke’s vice-captain with Cameron White remaining the Twenty20 skipper.

Clarke’s Test reign will start in August when he skippers a tour of Sri Lanka.

Although he was widely expected to get the job, Clarke is not popular with Australian fans and polls published Wednesday showed the public’s coolness towards him.

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According to the Sydney Morning Herald, only 26 percent of 21,000 respondents in an online poll favoured him as the new captain.

In the Sydney Daily Telegraph, a survey of 8,500 readers placed him a distant third behind Shane Watson and Michael Hussey.

A part-time underwear model, he regular appears in the social pages and he upset many when he controversially returned to Sydney during Australia’s tour of New Zealand in March 2010 for "personal reasons".

It followed his model fiancee Lara Bingle deciding to sue her former lover Brendan Fevola for disseminating naked pictures of her, which ended up in a women’s magazine.

Clarke later called off his wedding plans.

Ponting, though, insisted Clarke was the right choice, and vowed to give him all the support he needed.

"He has done nothing wrong when has stood in for me over the past few years and his record in T20 cricket speaks for itself," he said in a column for The Australian newspaper.

"I will be there in the background for him if he needs me, but from today the Test and one-day teams will be his and I will be one of many players who follow him onto cricket grounds all over the world."

Asked how he will feel taking orders from a man who used to be his deputy, Ponting replied: "I’ve taken orders most of my life, I’m pretty used to it."

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Clarke made his professional debut for New South Wales as an 18-year-old in the 1999-2000 Australian domestic season.

He made the jump to the national one-day team in January 2003 against England at Adelaide and was chosen to make his Test debut against India at Bangalore in October 2004.

He thumped 151, helping Australia to victory, invoking comparisons to past Australian greats Doug Walters and Mark Waugh.

Since then, he has gone on to play 69 Tests, scoring 4,742 runs, including 14 centuries, with an average of 46.49. A slow left-arm orthodox bowler, Clarke has captured 21 wickets.

In the one-day game, he has collected 188 caps and 5,928 runs at an average of 43.58, with 52 wickets to his name.

22 Comments

22 Comments

  1. Hezron Chwero

    March 15, 2012 at 7:00 am

    ..but when I write about what a man wants out of a woman Am selfish?….

  2. Rodney Otieno

    March 15, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Women want everything, despite giving the 7 and more they still complain and nag..they are the worst selfish creatures God ever made

  3. soul

    March 15, 2012 at 8:16 am

    You need to chill out a bit, take a deep breath and pull your heads of your butts…we want the same thing…it’s a species thing only difference is we don’t go around whining about it…  

  4. Tonnyken

    March 15, 2012 at 8:18 am

    okay tell us the opposite
    what  gentle woman wants

  5. Lilsharks2000

    March 15, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Too many men whining down here so tell us what they want also.

  6. Meg

    March 15, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Wooo..i have to ask, who wrote this..am a female and i have to stick out for the guyz, they want the same thing.This is a very selfish self centered piece.Not all women want all these preppy so called things. Its women like these that drive men away.

    • Eric

      March 16, 2012 at 9:18 am

      Thus good to hear that coming from a woman, your man is a lucky person…

    • the author

      March 16, 2012 at 10:50 am

      So what do you want from your GENTLEMAN Miss Meg?

    • Nelsonodeny

      April 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      I envy ur Man!

    • Konyimbo

      April 26, 2012 at 11:21 am

      Meg, its you who men need

  7. Steewie

    March 20, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I can’t speak for all men but I want nothing to do with this kind of woman. I would prefer a woman who wants to complement and complete me.  Because only by having a complete unit can she begin to enjoy the fruits of her work. All the comments made about what a woman wants will not occur cause she will already have them.

  8. Loving Casanova

    March 21, 2012 at 11:27 am

    A man wants a woman to f.u.c.k.  anytime he feels like. No questions asked, no demands made.  It is for this reason that prostitution is the one business that has remained profitable over the centuries. Once a woman starts whining and demanding- you head for Luthuli Avenue and for 100 shillings, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Lucky is the man who finds a woman willing to act like a personal home prostitute – a man would do anything for her.

    • Ken Ogada

      April 26, 2012 at 11:25 am

      my friend, you speak in the league of Isaac Newton, Martin Luther, Mahatma Gandhi…hehe

  9. Rodneywesonga

    April 10, 2012 at 11:50 am

    The author potrays this whole relationship issue as if it is a man’s duty to make it work…..both of the partners should make it work and not one party coming up with a list of the so called WHAT YOU WANT…NKT

  10. anthony kagiri

    April 12, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Spot on, unfortunately there a few men of this class

  11. Josmos2011

    April 14, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Tell us the price that ladies have to pay for them to receive all that “goodies”. Not all can receive it.
    JOSMOS
     

    • irenesconcierge

      May 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      mpaka you advertise yourself with a picture? how now? Try E-bay too 🙂

  12. Joseph

    April 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    The article is generally true for anyone in a relationship not just men. Men too need a wife who is responsible enough to handle household duties (not leaving the house help to do everything) and, is loyal and respects him. Everyone should learn a thing or two from it

  13. richard

    April 26, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    i try to believe you but also remind women what we also expect from them,otherwise a coin will not be complete with one side it must be both side

  14. Mr.Knk

    April 27, 2012 at 8:11 am

    from experience… this is true. a man can inspire a woman to be better and vice versa

  15. Charles

    June 20, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Trust me if a man has all the above qualities,the woman will say that he’s too nice and weak and opt for a ‘bad boy’

  16. langat chris

    July 27, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Some one should agree with me that almost all women are so nagging that nearly efriday man and a woman must quarrel.

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