Clarke cut a bemused figure when asked if he was worried about his future as captain.
Michael Clarke has been forced to defend his leadership credentials after arriving in Sydney following Australia’s disastrous Test series loss to Pakistan in the Middle East.
Clarke managed just 2, 3, 47 and 5 in his four innings during Australia’s 2-0 loss to Pakistan.
The 33-year-old looked stunned after being asked if he was worried about no longer being the man to lead the Australian Test side.
“You know, obviously we didn’t perform as well as we would have liked in this series, but we did pretty well to beat the number one team in the world in their own conditions (South Africa in March),” Clarke said.
“We did pretty well to win the Ashes 5-0. I hope I’m doing the team justice as their leader, as captain.
“But I guess the selectors make that decision and the Cricket Australia board make that decision.
“If they think there’s someone better for the job, if they think my time is up as captain, then I’m sure they’ll let me know.
“But, from my perspective, I feel like I’ve still got a lot to offer the team.
“I think my performances over the past five years have been pretty consistent and I think my captaincy’s been pretty consistent over that period as well.
“So hopefully I’m not judged just on two Test matches.”