Michael Clarke is determined not to change too many things too quickly following his appointment as fulltime Australian captain.
Clarke was unveiled as new Test and one-day skipper last week following Ricky Ponting’s decision to step down after Australia’s World Cup campaign ended in failure.
The 30-year-old, who will kick off his tenure with a three-match one-day series in Bangladesh this week, says one of his main aims will be to “give everybody the freedom to be who they are”.
“I think it’ll take time,” Clarke is quoted as saying by AAP.
“A lot of the guys have played under me in one-day cricket or Twenty20 cricket so they know how I go about things.
“But I am a different person to Ricky and I think the way he’s led the team for a long time, the guys are certainly accustomed to (it), so it’s going to take time for guys to adjust.
“I think for me it’s about being open and letting the guys know that if there’s anything they need anytime 24/7, they can knock on my door, they can call me.
“I just want to give everybody the freedom to be who they are and play the cricket they love playing.”
Clarke and Ponting’s every move will be no doubt be scrutinised by the media as they adapt to their new roles but the skipper says they are ready for any challenges.
“We’re going to have plenty of time to chat. I know he (Ponting) will be keen, he’ll be looking forward to getting over there and just batting, just scoring some runs and continuing on from the last one-dayer in India,” said Clarke.
“It’s going to be an exciting tour, everyone’s going to be keen to see how we go, me being the captain and Ricky just playing, to see if we can both do that.” Cricket365