Australia in search of Michael Clarke's deputy

Shane Watson’s (left) poor run and Michael Clarke’s injury has left the Australian team search for better consistent performers © Getty Images

Sydney: Mar 26, 2013

Shane Watson‘s dream to lead Australia has come under radar after Chairman of selectors John Inverarity admitted that the team needs to look for more options in contention for Ashes series.
 
Michael Clarke’s poor back conditions, which has ruled him out of the Indian Premeir League, and Watson’s poor run in the just concluded India tour, has made the cricket board search for a trustworthy deputy.
 
“All those things are under consideration, the facts are at the moment there is a team in transition. In terms of experience and strong consistent performances over a period of time, we’re a little bit short on those things, the options we have at the moment are a little less than in previous years,” Inverarity was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.
 
“We’ve got to do the best we can with what’s available and we’ll be doing all we can in terms of trying to get leadership qualities coming through and a good back-up plan. Michael who has trouble with his back and hamstring, I haven’t known anyone [to] prepare better and treats that adversity better than he does, and we just hope he can stay on the park.”
 
Inverarity emphasized on the positives which the Australians can draw from the Border-Gavaskar series, despite their 4-0 loss. Inverarity pointed out that the tail-enders performance, Phil Hughes improvement, Steven Smith’s adaptability in the middle-order and progress of James Pattinson are noteworthy.
 
He also pointed out that Usman Khawaja has chances of making it to the top six for the Ashes series in England.
 
“It’s a tough time. I will do my best, the panel will do its best, and you can’t do any more than that so you rest secure in that,” Inverarity concluded.