David Warner has the potential to captain Australia in future: Troy Cooley

David Warner will lead a Chairman’s XI in the practice against India starting on December 19 Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Melbourne: Dec 17, 2011

Chairman’s XI coach Troy Cooley, who was Australia’s caretaker coach for David Warner’s last two tours with the national side, said the Twenty20 specialist is looking like a potential Australian captain.

David Warner will lead a Chairman’s XI against India, two days after skippering Sydney Thunder in their Big Bash League debut.

”Michael Clarke doing a fantastic job at the moment but you’re always looking for leaders within your group and it would be lovely to have 11 people that took leadership qualities on and I think Davey Warner’s one of those and that’s why he’s been given the role to lead this squad,” Cooley was quoted saying in Sydney Morning Herald.

”Dave is really keen, he knows the game, he plays it in an exciting way so I’ll be very interested in watching him over the next few days lead this team. I think he’s an exciting prospect and he hasn’t led teams often but he has a lot of input into the leadership around the group so it’ll be interesting to see how he goes.”

John Dyson, a former Test batsman echoed Cooley s views.

”I think he could very easily be viewed in the short term as a potential T20 captain for Australia and he’s right at the very early stages of his Australian career all round,” Dyson said.

”I think he has the ability to be a future Australian leader. He’s not the total product yet but he’s definitely working on it. There’s a lot of good things about what he does,” Dyson added.

”In the last couple of years when I was on the selection panel I’ve seen David play grade cricket, Futures League cricket, second XI cricket and state cricket so I’ve seen him at every level of senior cricket.

”The aspects of his game that I’ve witnessed at all those different levels made me believe he is far more than just a T20 cricketer – he is a very serious cricketer in all forms of the game and I think he has a matured a lot in the last couple of years as well. He realises that he has an important role to play in the team, not just as a batsman but as a potential leade,” Dyson said.