Year 2010, Steve Smith debuts for Australia mainly as a leg spinner because Australian was desperately want a match winner spinner in the Team as they was obsessed with the combination of a Spinner and 3 quickies. Australians although was having some enormous talents of quickies but Spinner and that too match winner is not easy to find outside Asia.
Australian tried lots of spin combination and Steve Smith was one of them “A Leggie” after Cameron White and Legendary Shane Warne although Captain Ponting may didn’t require or like the idea to give him a long spells, he may ended bowl less but batted well in lower order in his initial test career. But he was superb with his bowling in T20 Worldcup 2010 clinches 11 wicket there.
Steve Smith started his career in a dramatic manner but his hard work and dedication led his career to shine. Although he saw a difficult phase too, people criticized his technique of playing cricket hence he considered to be Limited over Batsman more then in long format. But will can help to achieve any easy or any difficult target, important thing is approach to go ahead.
Steve Smith cemented his place in Australian side and seems to set his legacy just like former captains of Australia, biggest challenge he now having to led the shoulder up of Australian side and built the side with energetic young talent, he also having no one to look his back in Test Arena so he have to lead the side alone, he may get inputs from seniors, legend from outside but only Smith have to implement those into the field.
Test Cricket is a most exhausted experience any Captain ever face, also if your side is down and out then any leader have to start the process from zero, rebuilding a side, search of new talent and supportive Team Management who will listen and talks to the captain. Time will tell how much Smith cope up the pressure in this transition and how much he having to face the challenge.
Although Steve Smith showed his temperament and class when he scored his biggest knock of his life (215) against England in Lords same ground where he started as blond Leg Spinner 5 years ago. Since that Lords test match he come out with different personality and that innings was full of class and dedication. Will be interesting to see how he able to manage the Team with full of class and dedication. Although Australian Cricket will choose a leader and their board have a great history on it, strong team always up their shoulders and their Captain leading team from the front as true leader. I hope Steve Smith will create a legacy on his own and we would excited by reading his team’s achievement in history book.
Best wishes to him.