George Bailey defends Michael Clarke's leadership skills

George Bailey is leading Australia on tour of India in absence of injured Michael Clarke © Getty Images

Oct 15, 2013

Australia’s stand-in captain George Bailey on Tuesday backed Michael Clarke’s leadership skills after former skipper Ricky Ponting revealed his concerns in his upcoming book, ‘At Close of Play’.

Ponting spoke of his concerns about Clarke’s attitude towards responsibility while he was vice-captain.

“I knew he was an excellent thinker on the game, but for a long time I was concerned that he wouldn’t be able to handle the huge variety of ‘little things’ that go with being Australian captain.”

“It wasn’t that he was disruptive or treacherous, and publicly he said all the right things, but he had never been one to get too involved in planning sessions or debriefs at the end of a day’s play, or to volunteer to take on any of the captain’s workload,” Ponting wrote.

Bailey, who is filling in for Clarke as Australia captain on the limited-overs series in India, said “I’m looking forward to reading the book because I think Ricky is one of the most respected blokes in Australian cricket, probably in world cricket.”

“I read his [extract] this morning and it finished saying that since Michael took over as captain Ricky was really impressed with him too. Actually having that extra responsibility brought out the best in him, so that was pleasing to read,” Bailey was quoted as saying by The Asian Age.

Australia took a 1-0 lead over India in the seven-match Test series with a compelling 72-run win at Pune in the first ODI.

(With inputs from PTI)