Mickey Arthur hails dynamic captain Michael Clarke

Australian coach Mickey Arthur feels Michael Clarke’s triple century-innings against India was the best evidence yet of the 30-year-old’s leadership qualities Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Sydney: Jan 9, 2012

Australian coach Mickey Arthur has lavished praise on captain Michale Clarke, calling him an exceptional leader in the national team.

Arthur was quoted in Sydney Morning Herald as saying, “He’s got an aura inside the dressing room and I think all good leaders have that aura.

“Michael Clarke certainly has that. He’s structured, he’s organised. I think he’s dynamic in his captaincy.”

Arthur feels Michael Clarke s triple century-innings against India was the best evidence yet of the 30-year-old’s leadership qualities.

In the SCG Test, Clarke had declared Australian innings while batting on 329 runs, six short of breaking Sir Don Bradman s record of 334 runs highest individual score by an Australian in Test cricket.

“That was sensational,” Arthur said about Clarke’s declaration.

“We were 3-30 (sic), we were under pressure on day one. For him to walk out there I think he showed a lot of decisiveness. I thought he was aggressive, I thought he was very positive.

“He ran well between wickets. He made all the right decisions and he looked in great touch.

“That innings under that sort of pressure ranks right up there as one of the best innings I’ve seen. He looks the complete package.

“He’s a complete captaincy package as well. Truly is inspirational within the dressing room,” Arthur concluded.