Ashes second Test: Atherton concerns Smith’s management and England’s choice

Australia Stand-In Captain Steve Smith (Right) With England Captain Joe Root During The Coin Toss Of
Image Source: CRICKET AUSTRALIA VIA GETTY IMAGES Australia stand-in captain Steve Smith (best) with England captain Joe Root during the coin toss of the Ashes Second Test at Adelaide Oval on Thursday. Emphasizes

Steve Smith

  • stepped in as Australia stand-in captain after Cummins was eliminated for 2nd Test
  • Cummins was ruled out prior to the start when he was deemed a close contact of a Covid-19 case
  • Back in 2018, Smith lost captaincy & & was banned for a year after getting embroiled in ball tampering

Former England captain Michael Atherton has questioned Steve Smith’s management skills and Englands group selection, especially Jack Leach’s ouster, ahead of the second Ashes Check at Adelaide Oval on Thursday. Smith took over from Michael Clarke in 2015 as Australia’s Test captain and served in the role until 2018 when he was ousted after the sandpaper scandal in South Africa.

After serving a year ban, Smith went back to cricket and was later on called the vice-captain to Pat Cummins ahead of the Ashes when Tim Paine stepped down over the current infamous text scandal. And ahead of the 2nd Ashes Evaluate on Thursday, Cummins was ruled out before the start when he was considered a close contact of a Covid-19 favorable case while dining inside in a dining establishment on Wednesday night. The development implied that Smith was back as the Test captain for Australia for the very first time because 2018.

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Atherton, however, doesn’t appear to be convinced with Smith stepping in as the Test captain.

“I think once you have actually been penalized and done your time in any reasonable society there need to be a chance for people to come once again,” said the 53-year-old previous England captain on SEN Test Cricket. “The only thing I question Steve Smith, his function as captain normally’ he’s so narcissistic it seems to me as a cricketer, definitely as a batsman, he seems to exist in his own world, this bubble.

“I simply question about his function usually as captain, I have no issues with him being offered the chance again, whether he’s the finest man for it is another question. I have actually constantly found it odd the minor differential in penalty in between Smith and David Warner, I’ve never ever quite understood that.”

Atherton was more unimpressed by England leaving out left-arm spinner Jack Leach from the playing eleven on spin-friendly conditions in Adelaide. Leach had conceded 102 runs in 13 overs and had a wicket of Marnus Labuschagne in Brisbane.

“It’s curious isn’t it, we’re here at Adelaide, there’s not a cloud in the sky, the pitch looks brown and England have five seamers. Recently at the Gabba, the pitch looked tinged with green, it appeared cloudy and overcast and a bit of humidity too and they went with the spinner.”

“It appears curious and counter-intuitive. I believe it is among the problems England have at the minute, they slightly overthink matters and they’re always playing a game ahead of themselves instead of the game that’s right in front of them.”

Published at Thu, 16 Dec 2021 03:08:19 -0600