Clarke staying calm
Michael Clarke insists he will not get carried away with being captain for Australia¿s Twenty20 against New Zealand.
Last Updated: 10/12/07 11:08am
Michael Clarke insists he will not be getting carried away with being handed the captaincy for Australia's Twenty20 international against New Zealand on Tuesday.
26-year-old Clarke will become the youngest Aussies skipper since Kim Hughes in 1979 when he leads his side out at the WACA.
Clarke's promotion to captain in the absence of Ricky Ponting suggests he could be seen as the long-term successor to Ponting when he eventually retires.
However, Clarke still has memories of being dropped from the Test team in 2005, which he says came about because of complacency.
There is no way 'Pup' wants to make the same mistake twice, so Clarke insists he will not be getting carried away despite the excitement of captaincy.
"I am trying not to look past this game," he said.
"I have been given a chance for one game and I am going to try to make the most of that.
"I don't want to look too far ahead, Ricky is our leader and a fantastic one at that and I'll just enjoy the opportunity.
"There has been a lot made of it in the media of late, and I am honoured for people to say the things they have said, but I have seen the other side (of cricket).
"It is going to be a new experience for me.
"It is obviously something I've always wanted to do, I think any young kid dreams of captaining their country in any form of the game.
"It is going to be a challenge, but it is going to be a great opportunity to find out what I bring to the team as a leader."
Clarke does not yet see himself as a replacement for Ponting, and says it is far too early for any talk about the current captain calling it a day.
"There are a lot of guys in the team who could captain the Australian team and Ricky is only 32," he said.
"Who knows what will happen, it is so far away, and my priority is just to focus on what is in front of me now."
Clarke said Australia are already looking towards the next World Twenty20 competition in 2009 in their selection for the New Zealand game.
Australia squad: Michael Clarke (capt), Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Symonds, Mike Hussey, Brad Hodge, Adam Voges, Ashley Noffke, Brett Lee, Nathan Bracken, Stuart Clark, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Tait.
New Zealand squad: Daniel Vettori (capt), Brendon McCullum, Craig Cumming, Mark Gillespie, Gareth Hopkins, Jamie How, Chris Martin, Michael Mason, Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram, Jeetan Patel, Mathew Sinclair, Scott Styris, Ross Taylor, Lou Vincent.