Former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell feels that despite him being consistently involved in controversial activities, David Warner would have been a better choice to take over the reins from former skipper Michael Clarke, instead of Steve Smith. Both Warner and Smith have witnessed similar tough times being unfolded in the aftermath of the infamous ball-tampering incident that took place in South Africa in 2018. Cricket Australia (CA) took a big call and slapped both Warner and Smith with 12-month bans along with Cameron Bancroft handed 9-month ban.
Originally, Steve Smith took over as the skipper of Australian cricket team after previous skipper Michael Clarke announced his retirement from the game. Due to the ball-tampering scandal, Smith was barred from taking any leadership role in the national team for atleast a year, while Warner will never be considered for the leadership duties throughout his future career.
“Anybody who says Warner’s too difficult — now I’m not in the dressing room, so I don’t know — but the bit I’ve had to do with David Warner, I think he would have been a better captain than Steve Smith because he’s got a very good understanding of the game of cricket, it’s a very aggressive understanding of the game of cricket,” quoted Ian Chappell.
Warner has a terrific understanding of the game
Chappell revealed that he had spoken to Warner regarding his batting. He reckoned that the opener has got a terrific understanding of his batting. Chappell mentioned that he conversed with Warner during the commentary stint with Channel 9.
“I’ve spoken to him about batting, batting in general and his own batting, and he’s got a terrific understanding of batting. He did a bit of commentary with Channel 9 and I had a chance to talk to him off-air. He had a terrific understanding of the game,” Chappell added.
Chappell further noted that he has always had Ricky Ponting ahead in his list with respect to leadership skills in comparison to Steve Waugh. “The only disappointment I had in Ponting’s captaincy was … his nickname is ‘Punter’ and he didn’t take his gambling instinct onto the field with him. I wish he had of. But I always had Ricky ahead of Steve Waugh as a captain because whether you agreed with his ideas or not, he never ran out of ideas,” Chappell concluded.