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Cullinan: Australia the better Test team

Daryll Cullinan on why Australia has surged ahead of South Africa in Test cricket, and the many issues that the home side need to address

Host: Raunak Kapoor / Expert: Daryll Cullinan

March 4, 2014

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

@Ahmed Uetian: It is you that need the glasses. If you don't like Graeme Smith that is your problem. Yes he might have won more test than Ponting, but does not have the same percentage wins. That is true, but if you go back in his history as captain you will find there was a time that his win percentage was between 31-38%, and it got better to 49%. That means he got better as captain. He might not be the best, but he was damn good. He was not tactically the best but he had guts and fight in him which he transferred to other players. Yes he had a good team behind him, but so did any other successful captain. He took SA Cricket to new hights as opener and leader of men on and off the field, and for that we salute him. @graemesmith49 is #proteafire #protealegend.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2014, 10:25 GMT)

1). Smith was always overrated as player, as Captain & he overstayed.

2). He was one of the reasons behind SA being chokers as he & Amla always choked in big games with pathetic averages in WCs & tournament finals

3). Leadership wise he was very poor compared to Ponting, as Ponting won 2 WCs out of 3 with no losses in 2 of them. Smith's team never made it to even semis of any ICC event, despite SA always being at par with AUS in terms of batting, bowling & fielding capacity. Even Dhoni won 3 ICC titles despite weak bowling

4). Similarly in tests his win rate was meager 50% compared to Ponting's 60%

5). Contrary to Ponting Smith lacked killer instincts. He would even squander sure win opportunities like he did in 1st test vs Ind

6). He destroyed the career of big match player: Gibbs

LOOK PEOPLE, Facts don't lie. If your perception is that he was a great leader, correct your perspective. Unfortunately this generation has tendency to praise mediocrity & take greatness for granted

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (March 5, 2014, 5:06 GMT)

So, the draw's off, then?

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