Michael Clarke Appointed Australian Captain30-Mar-2011 05:10:00 GMT
Sydney: Michael Clarke was appointed Australia's Test and one-day captain on Wednesday, a day after Ricky Ponting bowed to pressure and quit after the country's World Cup exit.
Long seen as heir-apparent, the stylish batsman, who turns 30 on Saturday, will jump into the role immediately, leaving this week for a tour of Bangladesh.
Ponting will also be on the plane, taking orders from his former deputy, after being named in the squad to play three one-dayers.
Shane Watson will be Clarke's vice-captain with Cameron White remaining the Twenty20 skipper.