Australian selector Greg Chappell and his brother, television commentator Ian Chappell, are at loggerheads over Ricky Ponting's presently controversial captaincy. While Greg is of the opinion that Ponting must remain skipper of the side as there are no obvious successors at present, Ian said in a recent article, that Ponting's captaincy is hurting the team.
In an interview that would completely change the landscape of Australian cricket, Greg said that the heir apparent Michael Clarke, is still captaincy material, but his form has become a serious impediment to his leadership aspirations. Chappell further admitted that the four-man panel he shares with Andrew Hilditch, David Boon and Jamie Cox had lost faith in his leadership skills.
Meanwhile, Ian Chappell in his article, points to the fact that a successful burst from struggling bowler Mitchell Johnson who was instrumental in effecting Australia's win over England at Perth, has pulled Ponting out of a hole and almost singlehandedly, resurrected his role as captain. Ian goes on to say: "Ponting has become impatient for success and his constant changes to the field placings only served to distract the bowlers from their task. He looks like a captain trying too hard to prove he's worthy, rather than a steady one with a firm grip on the levers."
While Ian agrees with his brother that Clarke could be well out of the race for captaincy because of his poor form and recurring back trouble, he throws up wicketkeeper Brad Haddin as a possible option for Ponting's replacement. Haddin has already had some success as captain of New South Wales, and he's a good, aggressive cricketer with an eye for what keeps the game moving forward."
However, Greg is firmly of the belief that there is no one worthy of pushing Ponting over. "If we're going to replace Ricky, we've got to make sure we've got someone that we're confident has the right frame of mind who can take over and do a good job," the Daily Telegraph quoted Chappell, as saying. "I would love Ricky Ponting to be there for the next couple of years as we bring other batters through, he's a good leader."