Who’s best in bat­tle of the cap­tains?

Clarke edges it tac­ti­cally, Cook bet­ter man-man­ager as skip­pers hit 100 Tests

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cap­taincy, as I liked it when Michael Ather­ton was cap­tain. There’s no “Look at me”, he just does some­thing be­cause he feels it is right. He will use harsh words when he needs to, as he did in Ade­laide. And the way Cook brought Pi­etersen back into the fold was a brave move and the right one.

Clarke is not the most loved Aus­tralian cap­tain of all time. He can be showy and the In­dia tour demon­strated that his man­man­age­ment has to be ques­tioned. The team split and he was the cap­tain, so he is re­spon­si­ble. Ricky Ponting said in his book that he had reser­va­tions about Clarke’s lead­er­ship abil­ity when he first came into the side, that he could be a bit in­su­lar and aloof.

That’s okay when you are a player but not as a cap­tain. I had to change when I be­came Eng­land cap­tain be­cause as a player I looked af­ter my­self. As a cap­tain you have to look af­ter other peo­ple, too. Clarke is lucky that he has got Dar­ren Lehmann, who is bril­liant at the off-field stuff. That is why Aus­tralia have be­come a bet­ter side, Lehmann is the per­fect per­son to bring a side to­gether off the field.

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