Winning start boosts Clarke
New Australia skipper hails predecessor Ponting's contribution
Last Updated: April 13, 2011 6:31pm
Thirsty work: Clarke oversaw a 3-0 win over Bangladesh
Australia captain Michael Clarke praised the man he replaced, Ricky Ponting, as a positive influence after securing a 3-0 win over Bangladesh in his first series in charge.
Michael Hussey's 108 and another fine all-round display from Shane Watson (72 runs and two wickets) saw the tourists prevail by 66 runs in a high-scoring series finale in Mirpur on Wednesday.
Ponting, who stepped down as skipper after the recent World Cup quarter-final exit, opened the innings with Watson in the absence of Brad Haddin and only missed out on a half-century by three runs.
"I am lucky that Ponting is in the team," said Clarke. "As a young captain I need to keep learning.
"Whenever the team is under pressure or don't know what to do I can turn to Ricky."
"I am lucky that Ponting is in the team. As a young captain I need to keep learning. Whenever the team is under pressure or don't know what to do I can turn to Ricky."
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On winning his maiden series as full-time captain, Clarke added: "It was a good series, it was an outstanding effort from the boys. We have lots of talent in the team, it is just about using them."
Clarke singled out Watson - who won the man of the series award - for special praise and hoped his run of good form continued.
"Watson is enjoying his batting and also doing the job with the ball. We hope he can continue with his purple patch," he said.
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan praised his batsmen for putting up a fight after being set a daunting target of 362.
"We batted really well. We executed our plans with the bat," said Shakib. "But we could not bowl well in all the three games. It's a learning process and we will learn from it."
Shakib believes playing Australia was a useful experience and will stand his team in good stead for future series.
He added: "Every time you play a bigger team, you learn from them - how they approached the innings when they batted and the areas where they bowled."