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Clarke reveals captaincy ambitions

A fit-again Michael Clarke, who recently returned to the Australian cricket team as vice-captain, wants to lead the side in future but only if incumbent Ricky Ponting decides to walk away on his own.

cricket Updated: Nov 21, 2009 18:21 IST

A fit-again Michael Clarke, who recently returned to the Australian cricket team as vice-captain, wants to lead the side in future but only if incumbent Ricky Ponting decides to walk away on his own.

Clarke, who missed the Champions Trophy earlier this year and Australia's seven-match ODI tour to India due to a back injury, returned to the 12 member Aussie squad for the first Test against West Indies in Brisbane starting November 26.

The 28-year-old right-hander said at the moment he was happy to captain Australia in the Twenty20 format and would be more than delighted to get the job once Ponting calls it a day.

"I could sit here and lie and say I don't think about it. The truth is I hope I continue to get opportunities, whether it be one-day cricket, now with Twenty20 cricket or hopefully one day I get the chance to captain in Test cricket," Clarke was quoted as saying by 'Daily Telegraph'.

"But it is all so far away. Right now, I am over the moon and stoked I have been given the chance to captain the Twenty20. My leader, still, is Ricky Ponting.