The appointment of Steve Smith as Australia’s T20 captain seems to have evoked mixed views from former Australian cricketers. Smith was recently named Australia’s captain for the T20 World Cup in place of regular skipper Aaron Finch. Finch, it is believed, was axed from his position as the Australians did not fare well under his captaincy.
Former skipper Ricky Ponting was not too pleased with Smith’s appointment as the T20 skipper and felt that such a decision could potentially over burden Smith, who also leads the Kangaroos in ODI’s and tests. “The thing that might start taking its toll on Steve Smith is just how constant that role is now for him,” Ponting said. “He’s only new into the Test captaincy really. Now he’s captain of all three formats. I think it will catch up with him pretty quickly. It did with me, anyway.”
“I’m a little bit surprised that Finch is not captain,” Ponting said. “I’m not sure if his injury is worse than we think. “He did the same injury with the Mumbai Indians in the IPL last year,” he added. However, Smith was backed by former wicketkeeper Ian Healy, who expected Smith to excel as the T20 captain.
“He’s very capable of handling it and I think the team needs it right now,” Healy told cricket.com.au. “The T20 leadership is not a big thing outside of this year. This year with the World T20 there are more matches but Smithy will have the energy to get through that and I think, at the moment, the team will like that.”