One might term this development as a reward for the twenty-five-year-old Smith’s splendid performance in the first test or an analogy to encounter the aggressive cricketing skills displayed by the Team India, hence forth Steven Smith will captain Australia against India. He would begin his captaincy from at the Gabba from Wednesday. Michael Clarke’s injury forced Cricket Australia to announce a new skipper on Monday. After their victory in the first test, CA has seemingly found the long term skipper.
Veteran wicket-keeper Brad Haddin will function as the vice captain in Brisbane. Announcing this, National selector Rod Marsh said: “These are difficult circumstances given Michael’s injury and the fact that we don’t know how long he will be out of the game. What we do know is that it won’t be an overnight fix so after a lot of thought we have taken the opportunity to appoint an emerging young leader as captain until such time as Michael regains fitness and returns to the side. We congratulate Steve on the wonderful honour of leading his country. On Wednesday he will become Australia’s 45th Test captain and at the age of 25 will become one of our youngest leaders. He is an exceptional young man who is highly regarded by the National Selection Panel not only for his fine performances with the bat but also his maturity and clear leadership potential.”
Marsh also appreciated the job done by Haddin, 37, saying he had “done an exceptional job as vice-captain since assuming the role last year and will provide strong support to Steve just as he has done for Michael. There was a strong argument for Brad to assume the captaincy until Michael returns, but given we don’t know how long that will be, we felt the time was right to take a longer-term view and give a young player this chance.”
CA chairman Wally Edwards also praised the new captain and said “Steve is an impressive young leader who deserves high praise for his temperament and on-field performances to date.”
Cricket Australia has also clarified that in case Clarke recovers, Smith will become the vice captain.
It will be interesting to see how Smith manages to give result in the absence of Clarke. Also, it will be equally thrilling to observe how he will manage and utilize his resources to maintain the lead. In any case, this development appears beneficial for Virat Kohli although the grass top pitch out there will remain a big challenge both for the Indian bowlers and batsmen.
Let us hope that India will make a strong comeback under the dynamic leadership of Virat Kohli. The young brigade will hopefully give a substantial contribution to attain victory.