Clarke is happy to play under Ponting

Updated: 27 August 2009 15:30 IST

Ricky Ponting will not mind even if he is stripped of captaincy in the wake of Ashes debacle but Michael Clarke is not keen to replace his leader.

Clarke is happy to play under Ponting

Melbourne:

Ricky Ponting will not mind even if he is stripped of captaincy in the wake of Ashes debacle but his deputy Michael Clarke is not keen to replace his 'fantastic leader'.

Ponting had on Wednesday said he was prepared to share the leadership with Clarke.

"At the end of the day, he's our leader and has been for my whole career. I'm blessed that I get this opportunity when he's not here to do that fill-in role, but Punter's our leader and I'm more than happy to keep playing under him," Clarke said.

As Ponting takes a break, Clarke will lead Australia in a one-day match against Scotland in Edinburgh and two Twenty20 matches and three one-dayers against England.

"To me, we don't have to worry about that because Ricky's our captain. I'm lucky with the relationship I've got with Punt. No doubt he's our leader, but when he needs to have time off or misses a game, as vice-captain I get this chance.

"My goal is to try and get five wins, so when the skipper comes back we're in good form for him," Clarke was quoted as saying by 'Herald Sun'.

Clarke said Ponting alone was not responsible for the Ashes defeat and criticism should not be directed towards just one person.

"The criticism of us as a team is probably fair enough, we didn't get the result we wanted. It's the whole team out there on the field and there was times we all didn't perform individually and as a team as well as we'd like, so I think the criticism needs to go to the team.

"I know it's not one person's fault. Ricky's been a fantastic leader throughout my whole career. He was inspirational at times during this Ashes series and he wanted to win as much as anybody," Clarke said.

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