Ever since Steve Smith was promoted to the captaincy, the young batting star has put Australia on the track of being world beaters. Smith, who was named Australia’s permanent test skipper post the Ashes last year, has found tremendous success in test matches as he has series wins over New Zealand and West Indies at home, and against the Kiwis away from home.
From the ODI front as well, Smith hasn’t done too badly as a 4-1 series victory over a beaming Indian side in January was a point worth noting. With the tri-series in Caribbean underway, the focus is once again on Smith and his leadership. Backing the young captain was former Australian skipper and all time legend Steve Waugh, who felt that Smith was a “great leader”.
“Steve Smith is a great leader and people want to play for him, which is absolutely crucial as a captain,” Waugh said about Smith’s leadership. “Davey Warner is an amazing cricketer and Usman Khawaja is coming through nicely. It’s an exciting time and we have some really good young players.”
Waugh also mentioned that Australia’s current pace quartet comprising of Mitchell Starc, Jos Hazlewood, James Pattinson and Pat Cummins could be among the greatest of all time. “I can’t wait for all of the quicks to get together who are injured now,” Waugh said. “James Pattinson, Pat Cummins, Mitch Starc and Josh Hazlewood as a quartet would be as good, if not better, than any quick bowling quartet in the history of the game.”
“They haven’t come together as a unit yet but when that happens I think Australia will be pretty much unbeatable,” Waugh added. “We’ll go to the next level,” said Waugh about the fact that Australia could soon be the best side across all forms if the seam bowling all-rounders to display their skills.