Ponting names the future Australia captain
Legendary Ricky Ponting who is following Australian cricket through and through firmly believes that Steve Smith is the future captain material. Ponting stressed on the fact that Smith should get one more chance of leading the team and the right time would come once Time Paine hangs his boots.
We run short of adjectives and superlatives to describe Steve Smith’s form in the just-concluded Ashes series and the batsman was keen to make a statement especially after his one-year ban due to sandpaper-gate.
Due to pressure, Steve Smith had to step down from the Australian captaincy post, but now post the year ban, Smith appears to be more consistent, making him a top-notch contender to captain Australia again.
It is worth mentioning that Steve Smith had an incredible Ashes series in England where he scored 774 runs at an average of 110.57 in the 7 innings he played and had also regained top spot in the ICC Test Rankings.
“It’s the million-dollar question: when Steve Smith’s ban is up, will he go straight back into the captaincy or will he not?” Ponting questioned, talking to 7NEWS.
“To be honest, I think it’s up to Tim how long he plays. He’s the best ‘keeper in the world. Whether that’s as captain or not, it’s up to the hierarchy at Cricket Australia to make that decision. I’ve been on record already — when Tim’s time is up, I’d like to see Steve Smith have another go (at captaincy),” he added.
“You’ve got to look at who’s the best man for the job as far as the captaincy is concerned. If it’s not Tim and it’s not Steve, I’m not sure who the next one is right now. I think that’s the big question that needs to be answered. (Smith) loves the responsibility, there’s no doubt about that,” he said.
Australia’ most successful captain also believes that Steve Smith is a type of batsman that gets the better of himself under pressure and it is quite obvious that Smith wouldn’t face any pressure on his batting if he is made the captain. Ponting feels making Smith a captain can do wonders for Australia.
“If he’s captain again, I don’t think it’ll hinder his batting at all. If it’s the right thing for the team to have him captain, we’ll win more games as a result of that,” Ponting signed off.