Clarke appointed as Aussie skipper of Test, ODI teams
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