Clarke retained as T20 captain

Published: Monday, May 24, 2010, 12:38 [IST]
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Clarke retains t20 captaincy

Sydney: Micheal Clarke has been retained as captain for the Australian T20 format. Clarke will lead the side for the two Twenty20s in Birmingham on July 5 and 6 despite his dismal show in the recently concluded T20 World Cup in the Caribbean Islands.

Clarke had conceded his position as skipper after his draught run in the World Cup but the selectors have kept faith in him for the two Twenty20 matches against Pakistan to be played in England on July 5 and 6.

"The Twenty20 squad is the same as the one which recently reached the final of the ICC World Twenty20," Selection panel Chairman Andrew Hilditch said in a statement according to espnstar reports.

Before the Twenty20s against Pakistan, Australia will play a one-dayer against Ireland on June 17 in Dublin, followed by a June 22 to July 3 five-ODI series against England. Ricky Ponting will lead the side in these matches with Clarke as vice-captain.

Meanwhile Shaun Marsh will make a return for the one-day after sidelined by injury. Marsh had been laid low by a back problem since February this year. The squad also has emerging all-rounder Steve Smith.

"Shaun deserves to return to the side and he gives us very good options at the top of the order in one-day cricket," Hilditch said.


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