Steve Smith gets Ricky Ponting’s backing as Australia’s Test Captain
Ricky Ponting felt Australia’s Test captaincy is in safe and responsible hands under Steve Smith. The 3rd youngest skipper to ever lead the team, Steve Smith will have to jostle a huge freight of presupposition as the holder of Australia’s “2nd highest office” after the Prime Minister.
Ponting wrote in a popular website that Australia can be confident about seeing the national cricket team in Smith’s hands. It is a great mortification that Clarke’s body has not held up well and it would have been good to see Smith have another 1 year or so before taking on the job.
He also wrote that the captaincy loafs with Steven, completing an expedition to leadership that began when he handed him his national baggy green cap at Lord’s against Pakistan five years back.
After that Steve made 77 runs in his 2nd Test match, at Headingley. They had been bowled out for 88 runs on the 1st day and were well behind in the match. Pakistan finally climbed home in the fourth innings, but Smith’s knock gave them a chance.
Ricky Ponting also wrote that they were sitting there in the team viewing area hoping he would go on to a hundred, and while Steve fell short, He never forgot how much control he showed that day.
Steve has already made his place clear by aiding himself to the injured Clarke’s 4th place in the batting order. He has committed to maintain the regular captain’s proactive way to captaincy but will have to do so with a very divergent side in Brisbane.
Ricky Ponting also wrote down that He has liked about Smith’s batting is how he has taken on duty for winning games. He has shown that particularly in the past 2 One Day International series. When he got a chance to bat at 3rd position against Pakistan he made a quality ton, and then against Proteas he was the man who got Australia over the bound when they had looked down and out.
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