Former Australian fast bowler Stuart Clark believes that Steven Smith should be the most suitable choice to be handed over the ODI captaincy after ICC World Cup 2015. Clark said that at the end of the World Cup campaign in March would seem a logical time to hand over the ODI reigns to Steven Smith to groom him before he takes over the Test reigns also.
During an interview with Sydney Morning Herald, Clark quoted:
“As much as George Bailey does a wonderful job, Steve Smith is the long-term future. So I would like to see them go down that path and (let him) work his way through the one-day team as Ricky (Ponting), Stephen (Waugh) and Michael (Clarke) did. That seems to have worked.
“Since he came into the New South Wales (NSW) team when I was still playing, he understood the game and wasn’t afraid to speak his mind. He knew when it was the right time to do it and when it wasn’t. He was happy to make decisions, stand by and be accountable for them if they went wrong, and was happy to get them right as well.”
It’s true that Steven Smith is yet to cement his place in the ODI team, but with the kind of performance he put in the ODIs against Pakistan at UAE, it got clear that he is the best bet to replace Michael Clarke at number 4 in ODIs and also his proactive nature on the field makes him the best bet to be Australia’s future captain. George Bailey is 32 and it looks unlikely that he would stay as the captain till 2019, so it sounds right that Stuart Clark’s statement may or may not be suitable to George Bailey but it is surely suitable to the future of Australian Cricket.
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