Former Australian captain Michael Clarke feels that this phase of captaincy is challenging for Australian captain Steve Smith and he must define the way for the Australian team’s comeback in the ongoing ODI series against India.
“Smith’s batting has been outstanding for a long time but his captaincy is challenged now. He needs to define the way for his team to have success,” Clarke said.
Australia have lost the last test series in India and recently Bangladesh defeat them in the first test of two-match series in Bangladesh, Now Smith’s captaincy is likely to be tested in the limited over cricket with Australia trailing 0-1 in the five-ODI series against India.
In the series opener in Chennai, Australia had firmly in control at one stage with India lost five wickets for just 87 runs before MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya turned it around with a century partnership that finally leads India to a 26-run win via D/L method.
“It’s high time that Australia makes a comeback. I think this is the match that will decide the course of the series,” he said.
Clarke was here to present Don Bradman’s bat, that the legend used in India’s first tour of Australia in 1948, to the Fanattic Sports Museum.
Talking about the Indian team, the former Australian captain praised chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav.
“He is an attacking bowler. His control as a wrist spinner from the back of his hand is amazing and is his strength. He has got all the skills, spins both ways, bowls long spells. He did well in the Test series.”
“He got centuries in Bangladesh… It is hard to overlook him by seeing his performance in one game.He will find ways to score, he always does. He will have a lot of impact in the series. He and Smith will be the leading scorer for Australia in the series. Hopefully, they start scoring from Kolkata.”