Warner 'surprise contender' for Oz captaincy for Sydney Test in absence of Clarke, Watson

Australia, Dec. 30 (ANI): Australia opening batsman David Warner could be a surprise choice as stand-in Test captain in Sydney next week, as Michael Clarke has not yet overcome the hamstring injury he suffered during the first Test.

With vice-captain Shane Watson already ruled out of the New Year's Test against Sri Lanka, having suffered another calf strain while bowling at the MCG, there would be a leadership vacuum if Clarke pulled out at the last minute.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Warner, 26, is seen as a leader of the future and, despite his lack of captaincy experience, and having only been elevated to the Test side a year ago, he has emerged as a frontrunner in Cricket Australia's contingency planning.

Instinctive and fiercely confident, he has already been earmarked as a potential successor to Clarke in the long-term.

In the absence of Watson, Warner was also made vice-captain of the one-day team in the home tri-series against India and Sri Lanka.

According to the report, national selector John Inverarity indicated last week that Hussey was regarded as a leader through his actions more than words, suggesting the 37-year-old, who has only occasionally captained Western Australia, may not come into calculations. (ANI)

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