Australian batsman and hitherto vice-captain of the side's Test team maybe eager to assume the mantle of captain from injured skipper Ricky Ponting for the do-or-die 5th Ashes Test at Sydney. But the 29-year-old doesn't have much backing from the Aussie public.
According to a recent poll conducted by a leading newspaper, only 15 per cent of fans from Down Under are in favor of Clarke becoming captain. This underwhelming reaction is probably due to the fact that the middle-order batsman has had a poor run in the series so far, notching up scores of 9,2,80,4,20,20,13 with an below-par average of 21.14.
The Australian common man would prefer to see Simon Katich or Shane Watson at the helm of affairs. The 35-year-old Katich, ofcourse, pulled out of mid-series due to an achilles tendon injury and seems most unlikely to play in the Sydney Test, let alone, ever again.
Clarke maybe lacking in confidence at the moment as a run-getter, but according to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, who himself was favored for the captaincy by Test great Ian Chappell, the entire team is united behind Clarke.
"He is ready to do this job," Haddin said at the SCG. "He'd be excited about the prospect of captaining Australia and he will do a very, very good job. We're 100% behind him and, being a good mate of mine, I'll support him in any way I can. He deserves to be in this position. He's the best man for the job."
Hopefully, he will be the best man for the job, as Australia badly need a win in the series to salvage some dignity and deter England from cruising to their first Ashes series win Down Under in 24 years.