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Smith leads with the bat

Australian, The – 360 VIEW STEVE Smith’s stunning form has pushed him closer to a ­return to the Australian captaincy.

Summary

  • An intriguing question, raised by former Test spinner Kerry O’Keeffe, is hanging in the air: Is Smith best left just to bat — and bat, and bat?
  • Since Smith was suspended for ball tampering, the key ­issues around his possible ­return as Test captain when his two-year leadership ban ­expires in March have been moral and ethical ones.
  • Smith has captained Australia in 34 Tests, by no means a marathon stint, but wicketkeeping great and former ­selector Rod Marsh recently wrote that 30 Tests should be the arbitrary limit for captains because after that they go a bit mad.
  • Travis Head seemed to grow by the minute as a Test batsman in his two partnerships with Smith.
  • The day may not be far away, if Head ­becomes captain, where Smith could be a trusted adviser.

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