The Ashes: Michael Clarke denies being the 'new Captain Grumpy'

The 32-year-old Clarke has won 13, lost 10 and drawn seven of his 30 tests as captain, a job he was thrust into when Ricky Ponting retired in 2011.

updated: December 04, 2013 20:00 IST
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Adelaide: Michael Clarke isn't in Allan Border's league just yet. Border earned the nickname Captain Grumpy for his taciturn manner during his decade-long reign as Test captain that started in Australia's gloom of the 1980s and turned with a drought-breaking Ashes win in England in 1989 which set the team on course to reclaim the No. 1 ranking.

By the Ashes series-opener in Brisbane last month, Border was transformed into a cheerful broadcast analyst and Clarke had taken on the role of the stern skipper of a team that hadn't produced a win in nine tests.

Asked Wednesday if he was 'channeling Captain Grumpy,' Clarke replied bluntly: "Not at all."

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