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Clarke wants to continue as Australia T20 skipper

May 20, 2010 11:28 IST

Michael ClarkeHis leadership qualities have come under the scanner in the World T20 in the West Indies, but Michael Clarke said he was enjoying every bit of the responsibility and wants to continue as Australia's Twenty20 captain.

"No doubt (I want to continue), I'm disappointed we couldn't win the World T20, win the final, but I've really enjoyed the opportunity," Clarke said after returning home following Australia's loss to England in the World T20 final in the Caribbean.

"I've loved playing with the guys, I've had a lot of support from people back at home, the people who came and watched the games in the West Indies, and family and friends, so it's been great and I'm enjoying it (the captaincy)," he said.

Clarke's future as Twenty20 skipper is likely to be decided over the next week as the selectors sit to name the Australian squads for the tour of England, where they will play Tests, One day matches and Twenty20 games against Pakistan and the hosts.

He also has the backing of Test captain Ricky Ponting, who feels Clarke is the future of Australian cricket.

However, it is not Clarke's captaincy that has been a matter of concern but his poor run with the bat.

The right-hander himself admitted that it was high time he re-invents his aggressive attitude.

"Who knows? Maybe I need a little bit of that back," said Clarke of his youthful approach.

"Everybody has a different role in our team though and that is one thing that players certainly are aware of, and you need to do your role to the best of your ability. For me my role is not the same as Dave Warner or Shane Watson," Clarke said.

"I always want to perform, I always want to score runs, it doesn't matter what form of the game I'm playing, but like I said in this game, sometimes you can't always make those runs," he added.

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