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Chappell: Smith a strong leader but tactically limited

Ian Chappell reckons South Africa should have replaced Graeme Smith as captain a few years ago

Host: Gaurav Kalra/ Producer: Suketu Mehta

March 6, 2014

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (March 8, 2014, 4:44 GMT)

attacking aus captains never performed well in india. Pointing with bat in india vs india avg just 26 and never successful as a captain.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2014, 3:54 GMT)

Thabo - do you even follow cricket. The Saffers have a fine record but "give them a hiding in their back yard on many occasions"? - 93/94 1-1, 97/98 0-1 loss, 01/02 0-3 loss, 05/06 0-2 loss, 08/09 2-1 win, 12/13 1-0 win. Not many hidings in that lot.

Posted by NALINWIJ on (March 8, 2014, 3:34 GMT)

Chappell is a qualified judge of what a great captain needs to be as Chappell was one of the greatest captains of all time. Smith may be tactically limited, so was Ranatunga but his leadership was vital for the team. Clarke did actually throttle two teams that was superior man for man and he is destined for greatness. His record of losing 6 in a row and then winning 6 in a row against top 3 sides in one year is a record that cannot be matched.

Posted by tanweeralam on (March 8, 2014, 1:53 GMT)

typical aussie banter i m the best. Clark is the best chappel loosing credibility aussie only jumping on thr purpl patch of jhonson

Posted by MikeNQN on (March 7, 2014, 21:21 GMT)

Chappell is right. For the last 5 years SA has quite often had the best allrounder in the world, 4 batsman in the top 10 or 3 batsman in the top 5, the number 1 & 2 ranked bowlers in the world plus Morne, unmatched fielding ability. Yet with all this, zero world cup final appearances and a worse winning percentage than Cronje and Shaun Pollock. Even today I think SA are ranked about 5 in one-day cricket which is embarrassing considering their talent pool of the last 5 years. I mean even Australia with 1 player in the top 20 batting or bowling made it to a world cup final. To say Clark is not an attacking captain shows you know nothing about cricket, although he did bat too long in the last test, you have to remember that Australia had just batted at 5.22 runs per over, scored 300 odd and the only wickets they lost were in chasing quick runs (giving their wickets away).

Posted by Batmanian on (March 7, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

Definitely tactically limited. But also not committed enough to winning - not losing was far more important for RSA. The same was true of Allan Border for the first five years, too, but as soon as he had a team that could really do it, winning is what he went for (arguably letting the Windies reign a little longer than they might have by taking risks). India also benefited at home from occasionally harebrained Australian positivity in the 90s. Smith is a wonderful strong leader and a brave man, but as stolid tactically as Waugh would have been without Warne and to some extent Gilchrist to manage the tactics.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (March 7, 2014, 13:53 GMT)

Smith has been a excellent captain .. Chapel, obviously does not understand the politics of captaincy ...

a captain cannot take risks every day even if he wants too. to be a good captain, you have to pander to the powers at be, and measure how many bold and unconventional moves you can take without pissing off the selectors.

Smith balanced this PERFECTLY ...

If Smith was as BOLD as Chapel wanted him to be, then the selectors would not only removed him as captain but also drop him clean out of the team.

People like Sobers and Waugh, can be bold captains because they had bold selectors backing them.

Lara is a perfect example of what happens when a bold captain is screwed over by cautious minded selectors. Lara retired from the game prematurely TWICE , because of political pressure.

Posted by WILAD on (March 7, 2014, 11:01 GMT)

Aussie captains are so overhyped. MClarke has so many unnecessary field placings in a test match its crazy. But once in every 50 he gets it right and suddenly he's the greatest captain. Also why does winning a certain way make you better than someone else? Different styles win matches. Also depends on your team. Clive lloyd was a cool captain but he had players with an attacking mentality.

Posted by JJJake on (March 7, 2014, 9:54 GMT)

Clarke is an attacking and tactical captain. He encourages batting at a fast rate and bowling aggressively. Australian Batsman have scored 17 test centuries in 8 tests Bowlers have taken 20 wickets 7 times out of the past 8 tests. That doesn't come from a captain just looking to contain the opposition.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2014, 8:21 GMT)

CHAPPEL IS SPOT ON............@TheCricketeer..............."The biggest difference between the Australian way and the rest of the world is their attacking nature with the bat" ..................your point is right but u miss the point that even those batsmen perform that role on captain's instructions. Aussie captains ask batsmen to play at brisk rate 100 runs before planned declaration target.

Aus don't go with the same conventional 3 slips, gully etc field for all batsmen. Aussie captains set innovative fields for different bowlers, batsmen & acc to different situations in the game : new ball, old ball. They frequently employ 2 short mid wickets to restrict runs & induce lbws. Unlike conventional Smithy, Aussie frequently opt for bodyline tactics too.

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