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 Michael Clarke and team mate Shane Watson stand outside the members stand at the Sydney Cricket Ground after a press conference in  Sydney, Australia...
 Shane Watson of Australia speaks during a press conference in  Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, March 30, 2011 after he was announced as the vice captai...
 Michael Clarke of Australia speaks during a press conference in  Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, March 30, 2011 after he was announced as the captain o...
 Michael Clarke of Australia gestures during a press conference in  Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, March 30, 2011 after he was announced as the captain...

Australia Cricket Clarke

Michael Clarke and team mate Shane Watson stand outside the members stand at the Sydney Cricket Ground after a press conference in Sydney, Australia...

Australia Cricket Clarke

Shane Watson of Australia speaks during a press conference in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, March 30, 2011 after he was announced as the vice captai...

Australia Cricket Clarke

Michael Clarke of Australia speaks during a press conference in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, March 30, 2011 after he was announced as the captain o...

Australia Cricket Clarke

Michael Clarke of Australia gestures during a press conference in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, March 30, 2011 after he was announced as the captain...

New Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke says leading his predecessor will not be awkward as Ricky Ponting continues his international career among the team's rank and file.
Clarke was announced Wednesday as the captain of Australia's test and one-day teams, succeeding Ponting who stepped down from the role a day earlier while indicating he would continue as a batsman.
The 29-year-old Clarke said he did not expect Ponting's presence to be any impediment to the establishment of his authority as Australia's 43rd test captain. He expected to rely on the advice of senior players, including Ponting, as he settled into his new role.