Clarke ap­pointed as Aussie skip­per of Test, ODI teams

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MEL­BOURNE Michael Clarke was Wed­nes­day ap­pointed as cap­tain of Aus­tralia's Test and one-day cricket teams, a day af­ter em­bat­tled Ricky Ponting stepped down af­ter the team's un­cer­e­mo­ni­ous exit from the on­go­ing World Cup.

Clarke, nick­named 'Pup', who be­came Aus­tralia's 43rd Test cap­tain, will lead the team in its tour of Bangladesh.Shane Wat­son was named as Clarke's deputy, while Cameron White would con­tinue as the Twenty20 skip­per.

The 29-year-old bats­man, widely tipped to lead the team, will im­me­di­ately take charges.Ricky Ponting had yes­ter­day stepped down from the cap­taincy af­ter the for­mer world cham­pi­ons crashed out of the World Cup af­ter the quar­ter­fi­nal de­feat against In­dia. Ponting was also named in the squad which will leave for the Bangladesh tour.

"First of all I can say what an hon­our it is to be named cap­tain and also a huge sur­prise to see Ricky stand down," Clarke said at a press con­fer­ence in Syd­ney. -On­line

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