Sydney: Chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch has said that Australian Twenty20 captain Michael Clarke's batting is not a problem in the shortest version of the game.
Clarke was retained as Australia's Twenty20 captain on Monday after his tenure was under review over his poor batting form during the World Cup in the Caribbean.
Hilditch praised Clarke's role as the leader, and said as a batsman the 29-year-old was being given the chance to adapt to T20 and his quality would allow him to do so.
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"We don't have any doubt that he has a definite role to play in Twenty20 cricket, which predominantly is a little bit different to some," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Hilditch, as saying.
"We'll be looking for him to bat through an innings when we need it. He didn't quite do that over there (in the World T20 in the Caribbean) but we weren't concerned about it.
"There will be times, particularly when we're 3-8 in a final, that someone's going to have to bat the 20 overs, which is what we would have liked Michael to do in the (world) final. But in the end result it didn't quite work out that way," Hilditch said.South Africa hold off Sammy to go 2-0 up
"We don't have any doubts he will be a very successful Twenty20 batsman," he added.
Hilditch was more clear in his assessment of Clarke as a captain, suggesting he will be welcome to the job of leading in all three formats for as long as he likes after Ricky Ponting retires.
"The positive side was I think his captaincy was extraordinary and our tactics in Twenty20 cricket were far in advance of where they've been. Our field was I thought the best in the tournament so there were lots of positives," Hilditch said of the Caribbean performance.