Michael Atherton questions Steve Smith’s credentials

Before England captain Michael Atherton is not entirely convinced Steve Smith is the right person to lead Australia. The 32-year-old hasn’t taken the role of captain after three years, with Pat Cummins not available for the Second Test with England in Adelaide.

Atherton makes it clear that he has no problem with Smith’s past exploits because he has served his punishment for it. But Smith’s tendency to be too withdrawn on the field is not what the ideal Atherton wants in a leader. While speaking on SEN Test Cricket, Atherton said:

“I think once you’ve been punished and done your time in any reasonable society then everyone has to have a chance to come back.

“The only thing I wonder about Steve Smith, in general, his role as captain, he’s very self-described as a cricketer, definitely a pitcher, he seems to exist. in my own world, this bubble.”

Smith’s idiosyncrasies are well known, but he also has a respectable Test captaincy record to his name. He suffered just six defeats as Australia’s captain in 34 outings.

“I’m just wondering about his captaincy in general, I don’t have a problem with him being given the chance again, whether he’s the best fit for it or not. Other questions.”

Smith received a one-year ban from all international and domestic cricket following the infamous Sandpaper Gate in 2018 and a further one-year ban on leadership positions. David Warner, however, while receiving the same amount of playing time, received a lifetime ban from leadership positions on the team.

“It seems curious and counter-intuitive” – ​​Michael Atherton of UK omitting Jack Leach

Joe Root has named a full block attack for the Second Adelaide Test, with Jack Leach and Mark Wood making way for James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Atherton expressed his skepticism over Britain’s decision to pick their sole front-line leader. Atherton says:

“It’s curious isn’t it, we’re in Adelaide, there’s not a cloud in the sky, the pitch is brown and England has five beachgoers.

“Last week at Gabba the pitch looked green, it looked cloudy, overcast and a little wet and they went with the cameras. It seems curious and counter-intuitive. “

Steve Smith won his comeback in a felt jacket and didn’t hesitate to hit the ball first. Meanwhile, England had command of the first hour proceedings, thanks to the close coordination of James Anderson and Stuart Broad. However, they lost their ability to hold on as the days passed.

Hardly any swing is offered, even with the pink shade under the lights, with just a slight seam movement being any help to tempo drivers.

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