Clarke seeks Ponting counsel

New Aussie skipper happy to take advice from predecessor

Last Updated: 08/04/11 8:31pm

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Clarke: willing to tap ex-skipper Ponting for advice

Clarke: willing to tap ex-skipper Ponting for advice

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Michael Clarke is ready to turn to his predecessor Ricky Ponting for advice, the new Australia captain admitted.

Clarke was handed the role following Ponting's resignation after the defending champions were eliminated from the World Cup.

But the incoming skipper said that little would change in terms of leadership style under his regime.

"Ricky's advice has always been very helpful to me whether that was when I was his vice-captain or now as the captain," he said.

"Ricky's advice has always been very helpful to me whether that was when I was his vice-captain or now as the captain "
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"I had the fortune to captain Australia in a few one-dayers, and some Twenty20s and one test match. His knowledge is crucial to the team going forward.

"Certainly I don't want to change our relationship as it has always been very strong on and off the field. I don't think there will be too many changes, to be honest.

Consistency

Australia were beaten by Pakistan in their final group match and were then eliminated by India in the quarter-finals.

Speaking at a news conference Clarke said he would look to instil consistency into his side in the upcoming three-match one-day series against Bangladesh.

"One thing that I am trying to bring to this team is to be more consistent with our playing.

"I think over the World Cup we played some really good cricket in patches and then played some poor cricket."

"Whenever we had some success, someone in the top four had scored a hundred.

"But we only scored one century in the World Cup; that was Ricky in the last game, so probably our main focus now is someone in the top go and make a century in all three games we play."

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