Is STEVE SMITH the right man to lead Australia?

As Steve Smith’s two-year leadership sentence comes to an end, former Australia World Cup-winning captain Michael Clarke feels Smith should not be reinstated as Australia’s captain. Instead, Clarke threw his support behind all-rounder Pat Cummins as Australia’s future captain in all three forms.

Following Michael Clarke’s decision to retire after the 2015 World Cup, Steve Smith was named Australia’s captain across all formats. 

Steve Smith

As Steve Smith’s two-year leadership sentence comes to an end, former Australia World Cup-winning captain Michael Clarke feels Smith should not be reinstated as Australia’s captain. Instead, Clarke threw his support behind all-rounder Pat Cummins as Australia’s future captain in all three forms.

Following Michael Clarke’s decision to retire after the 2015 World Cup, Steve Smith was named Australia’s captain across all formats. 

SMITH’S CAPTAINCY RECORD IN INTERNATIONAL MATCHES:

Smith was appointed full-time captain of the Australian Team after Michael Clarke’s retirement following Australia’s 3–2 defeat in the 2015 Ashes series. David Warner, a fellow New South Welshman, was named as his deputy.

“At 26, he is a fine young man with extraordinary talent, excellent leadership qualities and a terrific temperament.

Rod Marsh, an ex-Australian cricketer

Smith made his debut game as a captain in 2015 against New Zealand at home. Smith showed a decent form in that series. Then he went to captain the team for 6 more series including the 2016 T20I World Cup. In his 7th series as a captain against South Africa, the terrible ball-tampering incident happened.

FormatMatchesWonLostDrawnNo ResultWin%
Test341810652.94
ODI5125230352.08
T20I844050
Steve Smith’s record as captain

Smith had an outstanding captaincy record. However, after the disputed ball-tampering incident in South Africa in March 2018, the right-hander was deprived of his captaincy. Smith and then-vice-captain David Warner were both banned for a year from cricket. Smith’s captaincy ban was only for two years, and Cricket Australia had decided that Warner would never be considered for captaincy again. 

Tim Paine was appointed Australia’s Test captain, while Aaron Finch was named the limited-overs skipper.

During a press-meet post ball-tampering issue

Tim Paine and Finch are both doing an excellent job. Tim, on the other hand, is pretty old and plans to retire shortly. Oz will then need to find a new captain. Steve Smith is the appropriate man to head the team. Pat Cummins, who has a terrific cricketing intellect and reads the game effectively, can also be considered for the post. Since he is the best bowler on the side the Cricket Australia might think not to add burden to him and make his focus less towards bowling. Hence Smith is the right man to lead the Test side. He can lead the side, he had done it in the past too. We anticipate that the limited-overs captaincy will remain unchanged, given Finch will continue to play for a few more years and Finch is an aggressive captain and is doing well. 

FromToMatchesTeamsWonLostTieNRWin %
2012202043• Pune Warriors
• Rising Pune Supergiants
• Rajasthan Royals
2517059.52
Steve Smith’s captaincy record in the IPL

Smith has an amazing win percentage of 59.52 which is the second-highest after Rohit Sharma (60.16%). Smith’s ability to make quick decisions and his knowledge of the game has resulted in such a high victory percentage. In international cricket, he has a victory percentage of more than 50 which is exceptional.

Why Smith’s chance is less to become white ball captain?

Though Smith has an exceptional win percentage in the white-ball format he won’t be named as the White ball captain most likely as Finch’s performance is better than Smith. Aaron Finch’s victory percentage in the T20Is and ODIs are 52.38 and 56.09 which is greater than Smith’s victory percentage of 50 and 52 respectively. Now the Australian side is settled with Finch’s way of leading and the CA wouldn’t much bother about changing the captaincy.

MatchesWonLostDrawnTiedNRWin %
T20I44222000252.38
ODI41231800056.09
Aaron Finch’s record as captain

Aaron Finch’s victory percentage in the T20Is and ODIs are 52.38 and 56.09 which is greater than Smith’s victory percentage of 50 and 52 respectively. Now the Australian side is settled with Finch’s way of leading and the CA wouldn’t much bother about changing the captaincy.

THOUGHTS:

As a bowler, you must concentrate more on your bowling. If a bowler is given the job of captain, it is a major burden for him. He needs to focus more on his responsibilities so that he loses concentration on his bowling.

In the same case, a batsman doesn’t need to bowl so he can concentrate only on his captaincy role. This is why many teams prefer batsmen as captains. Pat Cummins is an exceptional bowler, Australian pace attack leader, he needs to contribute to them, so I say don’t add burden to the best bowler of your team. Smith is a batsman and has also proven his captaincy skills by winning many games and can be the leader of the Australian side once again. The limited-overs captain won’t be changed we guess, but Smith is capable of captaining the side in all three formats of the game, especially in tests Smith should be appointed as the captain. What the CA says?

Tim Paine and Steve Smith

Hence, we conclude that Steve Smith is the right man to lead the team especially in tests as he has the potential to do so and also has an exceptional win percentage and coming to white-ball format Australia can groom a youngster to lead the side after Aaron Finch.

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