Clarke in his News Ltd. column wrote “I believe Mitchell Marsh can be a future captain of Australia”
“That might sound like a big call for a bloke who only turned 23 yesterday and has yet to play a Test match, but I have toured with him quite a few times now and continue to be impressed with his talent, knowledge and game awareness.
“His cricketing maturity is at least five years ahead of the date of birth printed on his passport.”
Mitchell Marsh who was out of the ODI’s and T20 due to a hamstring injury is set to make his Test debut against Pakistan which commences from tomorrow.
While Clarke hasn’t expressed anything that he might give up Test captaincy sooner.
“I don’t have any plans to give up the captaincy yet – there’s plenty more cricket left in me – but I genuinely see Mitch as future leadership material,” he added.
“When he sets fields, you can see he is thinking not from the bowler’s perspective but the batsman’s.
“He is assessing conditions and the batsman’s strengths and is looking to exploit his weaknesses.
“And when he is batting, he is not one of those guys running around without a plan. He is thinking about how to construct an innings.
“He has had an amazing cricketing journey. Obviously his dad and brother are outstanding cricketers in their own right but there is more to the story than that. Geoff Marsh has coached Australia, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka since Mitch was a kid, exposing him to overseas conditions, players and theories about the game from a young age.”
Along with this, Clarke also said the left arm spinner Steve O’Keefe has a big chance to debut against Pakistan
“He is a player who, as he has matured, has really come to understand his game and play to his strengths,” Clarke said.
“He looked good in the practice games and I reckon he’d be a strong contributor in a two-man spin attack alongside Nathan Lyon.”