Australia is facing lot of problem after 201 world cup and many top class players lost their place in the side. Players like Gilchrist, Ponting, Martin, Waugh brothers were like icons and were regarded not less than gods. When Steve ‘Tugga’ Waugh was made the captain Australia was just another team who were trying to make some mark in international cricket. After he took over the captaincy from Mark Taylor, he sowed the seeds of professionalism and made Australia a great team. After that there was no looking back and Australia won the ICC cricket world cup in the year 1999 defeating top teams. After 1999 they just forgot to lose all ODI matches and later began their test with great comfort winning 18 matches on a trot.

The untimely demise of Phil Hughes has brought the Australian team together and due to the hamstring injury to Michael Clarke search for new captain began to take place.  As far as India is concerned, Virat Kohli is just a stand in captain for the first test against Australia. Mahi will lead the team in the coming tests. However, interestingly the change of baton will take place in Australia when young Steve Smith will become the youngest captain of Australia at the tender age of 25 years.  He is the 45th test captain of Australia and they see it as a long term investment.

The person who will be shocked with this appointment will be the Vice Captain Brad Haddin who was the deputy to Clarke. A lot will depend on the selectors who have placed faith in the rise of new captain.  The Australian Selectors has decided to groom somebody who is new and athletic and can inspire future generations. The explanation given is said to be very logical and Cricket Australia is having a huge gamble.  Furthermore it will also depend on how Steve ‘Devereaux’ Smith will rise to the occasion.  He was not considered a prospect for Australia; however he was selected in 2010. Today he is the number five batsman in the ODI and tests, who also bowl occasional leg spin.  The three tests will be the ultimate test of character of Steve Smith. Patience will be the important factor as he wears the baggy green cap and lead his side in the Wednesdays test against India in Brisbane.

Steve as a name and brand has been a lucky charm for Australia and Australia has won each and every contest by knocking the opposition out of the park. Australians are proud of their cricketing history and have got everything they wanted under the sun. The best thing about the Australian cricket is another Steve is entering after Steven Waugh who led Australia to greater heights. It is too early to comment on the situation in Australian cricket; however one can say that the Australian Cricket is going on a rebuilding phase.  Now certain questions do come to our minds, will it impact the status of Australia in the coming contests? Have they taken a wise decision?  Is he their right man for the job? Will it affect Australia’s approach against strong and powerful opposition?  The answer is twofold.

Posted 3 years, 1 month ago by BINESH NAIR

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