Michael Clarke is considered as the best test captain in the world at the moment, but, some real big challenges lie ahead of him in the upcoming season.
Clarke had significant amount of success in the last season. He won the Ashes five-zero and then, he went to South Africa and defeated them in their own backyard. So, he deserves plaudits, but, one thing that must be taken into account is that the conditions in which the Kangaroos played for most parts of the last season were not alien for them. They knew their own pitches pretty well and they found themselves at home on bouncy South African pitches.
But, when Australia travels to United Arab Emirates for a test series in the latter parts of this year, they will be tested. They will surely be given a couple of dustbowls where the ball would not only come significantly slower, but, would turn a long way too and in those conditions; the world will get to see how good a captain Clarke is.
One thing that Clarke has shown so far is that he is not shy of taking gambles. He is a man who thinks positive, but, can he remain the same in tough circumstances as well and make his team do well? That’s the question.
Clarke has toured overseas as captain in the past as well and has suffered numerous defeats, but, those defeats were explainable because the Australian team was going through a transitional period. But, the team that Australia has got at this point of time is quite potent in all departments and thus, they should win against Pakistan. If they fail, that would be a setback for Clarke.
The last test series that Australia had played in the subcontinent was about a year ago against India. They had been whitewashed in that series.