Michael Clarke advised to resign as Test selector in bid to avoid rifts with teammates
Australian captain Michael Clarke has reportedly been advised to resign as a Test selector over fears that his boardroom powers could create 'nasty splits' with teammates, including his under-fire deputy Shane Watson, according to a report.
While Clarke is in his career-best form, his leadership came into focus on the eve of the second Test against South Africa when Clarke, in the lead-up to the opening Test at the Gabba, had intimated that Watson was not an automatic selection for Adelaide even if he proved his fitness after a calf injury.
The skipper insisted that he cannot have a better rapport with his deputy, but the debate over Watson's future has highlighted the potential perils of Clarke having sway at the selection table, thetelegraph.com.au reports.
According to the report, while former Test captain Kim Hughes believes talk of a Clarke-Watson rift is overstated, he says Clarke can do without the headaches of selection politics that can make-or-break Test careers.
"In an ideal world, it is best not to have the captain and coach as a selector. Going forward, I think it would help Michael Clarke immensely if he gave it away and focused on his job," said Hughes.
"When you are winning and the side is going well, there's no dramas. But if you are under the pump as a side and you're not playing well, it (having a captain as selector) brings on extra issues," he added.
Clarke was handed selection responsibility as part of the sweeping Argus review, tabled in August 2011, which recommended the national panel comprise a full-time chairman, two part-time selectors, plus the coach and captain, the report said.