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'Michael Clarke can lead Australia'

Aussie pacer Nathan Bracken backs Clarke for the T20 captaincy saying he has the 'brain' required to lead the side.

cricket Updated: Dec 10, 2007 12:46 IST

Australian speedster Nathan Bracken has backed Michael Clarke's elevation to the captain's role as he feels the young batsman has the 'brain', required to lead the side.

"He is going to be good, exciting and his performances have shown he is good enough at this level, and he has got the brain to do it," Bracken was quoted as saying in 'The Age' on Monday.

"He is always happy to help out, give advice and give his opinion on things, and he gives us something else. On Tuesday, it is about him getting it out there," he added.

Clarke's captaincy skills will be put on test on Tuesday when Australians take on New Zealand in a Twenty20 match in Perth ahead of the Chappell-Hadlee one-day series.

Bracken also suggested Clarke to use all the knowledge of the game, he has learnt in his career so far, in tomorrow's one-off tie.

"It will be interesting, he will add something fresh to the side (particularly) if he keeps bringing everything he has brought in the last two or three years of international cricket," Bracken said.

Bracken also felt Tuesday's Twenty20 match is an opportunity for many players to claim their stake in replacing ageing stars.

"In the last 12 to 18 months every guy who has played for Australia has wanted to take the opportunity as best they can and put their hand up.

"For these guys such as Ashley Noffke and Brad Hodge it is an opportunity to put their hand up again and show...They are good enough to be the next in line," he said.

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