Sydney, Jan 08(ANI): Australian coach Micky Arthur has lauded Michael Clarke’s leadship qualities and claimed that he can see a great leader in him.
It has been barely two months since Arthur was appointed as Australia’s first foreign-born coach, but the duo has already seemed to strike an excellent partnership.
There was a conjecture that Clarke wasn’t happy because of Arthur’s selection as the national team coach since he had recommended former Test wicketkeeper Steve Rixon for the coaching job.
But now everything seems well and Arthur is impressed by Clarke’s natural leadership qualities.
“He’s got an aura inside the dressing room and I think all good leaders have that aura. Michael Clarke certainly has that. He’s structured, he’s organised. I think he’s dynamic in his captaincy,” said Arthur.
Arthur also believes that Clarke’s man-of-the match performance against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground, which resulted in a thumping victory by an innings and 68 runs, was just a testimony of his leadership skills.
He also claimed that Clarke’s decision of declaring while he was batting at 329 runs in the second test match against India was testimony of his mature approach to the game, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
“That was sensational. We were 3-30 (sic), we were under pressure on day one. For him to walk out there I think he showed a lot of decisiveness. I thought he was aggressive, I thought he was very positive,” he added.
Arthur also stressed that Clarke’s mammoth inning against India was one of the best he has ever witnessed.
“He ran well between wickets. He made all the right decisions and he looked in great touch. That innings under that sort of pressure ranks right up there as one of the best innings I’ve seen,” he added.
Arthur also went on to term Clarke as a complete package and claimed that he was an inspirational figure for everyone in the dressing room.
He looks the complete package. He’s a complete captaincy package as well. Truly is inspirational within the dressing room,” he added. (ANI)