Steve Smith doesn't look like the best man to captain Austalia - Atherton

Steve Smith doesn’t look like the best man to captain Austalia – Atherton

Former England captain Michael Atherton is not fully convinced with the selection of Steve Smith to captain Australia. The 32-year-old came in the position of captain after three years, with Pat Cummins being unavailable for the second Test against England in Adelaide.

Cummins has been ruled out of the second Test in Adelaide as he was a close contact of a Covid-19 case at a restaurant on Wednesday night. Steven Smith will lead the team in the Pink-ball contest. “Gutted to miss this Test but really excited to see Neser finally get his chance in the baggy green,” Cummins tweeted. “He has done the hard yards and is a seriously skillful player. Super frustrating but COVID has thrown us all some curveballs over the last couple of years. Will be cheering along!

Atherton believes Smith is too ‘self-absorbed’ to be a captain

Atherton clarified that he does not have a problem with Smith’s misconduct from the past as he has already served punishment for it. But Smith’s inclination to be too self-absorbed on the field is not something Atherton would ideally want in a captain. A captain must be aware of what’s going on the field, it shouldn’t necessarily take the players to inform the captain themselves.

In an interaction on a sports channel, Atherton said, “I think once you’ve been punished and done your time in any reasonable society there must be a chance for people to come again. The only thing I wonder about Steve Smith, his role as captain generally, he’s so self-absorbed it seems to me as a cricketer, certainly as a batsman, he seems to exist in his own world, this bubble.”

Smith’s antics are well-known and well-heard(from the stump mic). But he has a decent test record to back him up as a captain. His team ended in the losing side only 6 out of the 34 times Smith led the team. “I just wonder about his role generally as captain, I have no problems with him being given the opportunity again, whether he’s the best man for it is another question.”

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Joe Root named an all-seam attack for the second Test in Adelaide, with Jack Leach and Mark Wood making way for the veteran duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Atherton expressed his concerns over England’s decision to bench their lone frontline spinner.

Atherton said, “It’s curious isn’t it, we’re here at Adelaide, there’s not a cloud in the sky, the pitch looks brown and England have five seamers. Last week at the Gabba, the pitch looked tinged with green, it seemed cloudy and overcast and a bit of humidity as well and they went with the spinner. It seems curious and counter-intuitive.

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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