Clarke deputy for Ponting
Michael Clarke of New South Wales is tipped to take over the vice
captaincy from Adam Gilchrist who retired recently from International
cricket but will not be able to receive the Australian captaincy soon.
Clarke's batting in the on going Commonwealth Bank limited over
series has enhanced his chances of taking over the top job of the
Australian cricket side with his consistent batting when he produced an
innings to save the Aussies from total destruction. Meanwhile the
Australian reports attributed the recent batting failure by both Ponting
and Symonds to emotional toll off the field.
Despite the pair failing to contribute anything worthwhile to the
side in the ongoing series they are expected to attract the highest bids
800,000 dollars a year at the Indian Premier League player auction this
Symond's and Ponting's contribution in the CB series have been less
than 100 in 10 innings.
It further states " The battles with administrators over alleged
racial slurs and the chance to cash in wither India's Twenty 20
explosion are two topics that have taken an emotional toll off the
It mentions that Gilchrist believes that the Australian captain
Ponting was feeling the weight of his extra ordinary responsibilities,
in a summer that has seen the Harbhajan racial incident, heated debates
over the IPL Twenty 20 contracts, concerns over the tour of Pakistan and
the extra ordinary fall out from the Sydney Test to make matters worse
Ponting is carrying a chronic back injury.