Former Australia Test skipper Michael Clarke believes his former teammate David Warner should not be given a chance to captain again because he is too old.
With Test skipper Pat Cummins under an injury cloud for the second Test against the West Indies and no dedicated vice-captain installed by Australia, there has been speculation about who could slot into the role.
Warner fields whilst wearing Alex Carey’s Baggy Green cap during day five of the First Test match between Australia and the West Indies at Optus Stadium
Warner has a lifetime captaincy ban for his involvement in the sandpaper cheating scandal in but there has been a significant push to have it removed.
However, Clarke believes that giving Warner a go in the twilight of his career would be nothing more than a PR exercise.
‘Tactically Davey is very good. I’ve watched him do the IPL and he’s been brilliant – one of the best – but at 36 years of age, I’d be very surprised if they go that way,’ Clarke told .
Warner is caught by Shamarh Brooks of the West Indies after failing in the first innings as well
‘I think they’ve made it pretty clear what they feel. If you’re fighting for Davey to be captain, it’s for marketing reasons.
‘I don’t think the BBL [Big Bash League] is the right opportunity for Davey to captain. I know he hasn’t been campaigning but he hasn’t shut it off, either. I think this story should disappear, fade away.’
Warner celebrates with fast bowler Mitchell Starc after taking a catch to dismiss Alzarri Joseph
Warner said young leaders need to be identified and parachuted into roles like the vice-captaincy in a strong indication that he wants to see 23-year-old all-rounder Cameron Green elevated in the standings.
‘We should be promoting the youngsters as much as we can. We need to be finding leadership in our domestic cricket,’ Clarke said.
‘There should be five, six, seven players that are in a position to take over a leadership role if it comes up. I’m not sure if we’re working hard enough on that or see the importance of that.’
‘The fact, we don’t even know is unbelievable. Can you imagine an Australian cricket team where you don’t know the vice-captain?’
Warner pictured with his wife Candice and children Ivy Mae, Indi Rae, and Isla Rose wearing his Sydney Thunder uniform
Warner knows his days are numbered in the sport, but is taking a one-day-at-a-time approach to his future in Tests, with a decision likely to come after the Australian summer of cricket.
‘It’s about balancing life at home with the kids and the wife,’ the 36-year-old told .
‘Looking forward to the next 12 months, there’s a lot of cricket, there’s a lot of time away from home. So from my perspective it’s about getting through this summer, assessing and then decisions can be made after this summer, definitely.
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