Rod Marsh, the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) chief team selector, has gratified Australian cricketer Steven Smith with heartiest congratulations on his scheduled appointment as Team Australia’s Test standing captain in the absence of the skipper Michael Clarke. Marsh said that these are really difficult circumstances given Michael Clarke’s injury and the fact that they do not know how long Clarke will be out of the game. But what they all do believe or know is that it would not be an overnight fix. That is why, after a lot of thought, they have taken the decision to utilize this opportunity to appoint an emerging young leader in the name of Steven Smith as the acting captain of the Australian Test Cricket Team until such time as Michael Clarke regains his fitness and returns to the side.
They had also congratulated Steve on the wonderful occasion of honouring him with the duty and responsibility of leading his country. On coming Wednesday, he will become Australia’s 45th Test captain and at the age of 25 will become one of the nation’s youngest leaders, uttered Rod March.
Marsh has also paid tribute to the thirty seven years old Australian wicket keeper cum batsman, Brad Haddin, saying that he had done an exceptional job as the vice-captain of the Australian Test Cricket Team since the time of taking up the role last year and will also provide strong support to Steve just as he has done for Michael. There was also a strong argument on behalf of Brad Haddin that in order to assume the captaincy until Michael returns, but given they do not know how long that will be and that they felt the time was right to take a long term view and give a young player this chance to lead from the front.
Clarke, as of now, is heard of focusing on regaining his fitness for the upcoming mega event of ICC World Cup 2015 to be held in their motherland Australia and New Zealand, which starts from February 14th the next year. He was also disconsolate following Australia’s 48-run first Adelaide Test win over India after being forced off with a torn right hamstring.
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