Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke (above) played under Shane Warne at Hampshire © AFP

Melbourne: Jun 16, 2013

Australian captain Michael Clarke has said that he believes that spin wizard Shane Warne would have made one of the country”s greatest cricket captains. According to the Daily Telegraph, off-field indiscretions meant the scandal-plagued leg-spinner never had the chance to walk in the footsteps of former greats such as Sir Donald Bradman and Richie Benaud as he was overlooked for Steve Waugh and then Ricky Ponting, Australia”s two most successful captains.

“I really wish the Australian people got to see [Shane] Warne captain Australia because I think they would have seen one of the greatest captains this country ever had,” Clarke said on Eddie McGuire Tonight, which airs on Fox Sports at 8.30pm on Monday.

“I’ve always been so impressed with him seeing things before they happen. Obviously his knowledge and experience of the game is like no other. When he captained me at Hampshire I was a young kid, I was 20, he could see whether to drag a bowler off before he got tired, field placements, a batter getting impatient.”

Clarke claimed that Warne could have been something special in charge. Stating that he has been always impressed by Warne’s ability to see things before they happened given his extensive experience and knowledge of the game, Clarke said that during his time under Warne’s captainship at Hampshire, he had seen Warne taking a bowler off the field before he got tired, field placements, a batter getting impatient.

According to Clarke, he can go to Warne anytime with his problems as the spin great is open and honest to him, adding that he has tried to help him with his experiences on and off the field.

“I think he’s helped me a lot as a player and a person. The one thing I love about Warnie is that he tried to help me learn from his experiences on and off the field. He’s been very open, very honest to me. I can go to him any time.”

(With inputs from ANI)