Two times cricket world cup winning Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes that Michael Clarke should hand over the One-Day Internationals captaincy to Steve Smith after the completion of 2015 ICC world cup. Ponting also mentioned in his column for ESPN Cricinfo that Michael Clarke should continue as captain in Australia test squad.
Ricky Ponting said, “I believe that the right time for Michael to hand over the one-day captaincy to Steve will be after the conclusion of this World Cup. In Michael’s body and mind he may only have another two or three years left at Test level, and I think it would be a good time for Steven to take over the one-day job and Michael to remain as Test captain.”
Impressed from Steve Smith’s recent performance in test series against India, Former Australian legend believes that this is a perfect time for Smith to take leadership of Australian ODI team ahead of George Bailey. It will give Smith idea how to lead the side and get most out of the players. Clarke may not be seen to play in 2019 world cup and Smith can be perfect choice to replace him as captain.
“This would give Smithy a bit more of a chance to get used to the idea of captaining his country long-term. Smithy’s had a small taste of that and handled it well, but if he eventually winds up as Test and one-day captain for Australia, he will find out what a demanding leadership role the whole thing is,” he added.
Ponting also believes that Michael has got enough experience to lead Australia in 2015 world cup and win title for the country. He said, “Michael is the right man to lead the team through this World Cup campaign. A tournament at home, with favouritism mounting, is a lot of pressure to be under, and I am very confident about Michael’s capacity to handle that given his years of experience and success.”
On Michael Clarke’s future captaining for Australia, Ponting added, “I think that’s the way things will go this year, meaning Michael can concentrate fully on the task of beating West Indies at home and then retaining the Ashes in England. Smithy will hopefully make a heap of runs in those series, and then be able to lead the ODI team as it builds towards the 2017 Champions Trophy in England.”