Steve Waugh: Steve Smith’s captaincy will be defined by Australian Test summer


Sydney: Australian extraordinary Steve Waugh says the mid year Test arrangement against South Africa and Pakistan is taking care of business as represent the deciding moment for Steve Smith's captaincy of the national side. Smith got to be captain a year ago after Michael Clarke resigned and has gone under the magnifying lens after a 3-0 Test arrangement vanquish in Sri Lanka took after by a 5-0 one-day whitewash by South Africa.

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Waugh, who played 168 Tests, 57 as chief, said the outcomes in the up and coming home summer arrangement could tell. "You generally have a wedding trip period, the initial six to 12 months, everything is fabulous. You roll out every one of the improvements and they work. At that point the truth sets in and it's somewhat harder than that," he told Tuesday's Sydney Morning Herald.

 "I think losing that arrangement in Sri Lanka presumably was somewhat of a stun to the framework. I thought our handling was extremely poor, which is not at all like Australia, and that kind of set the benchmark for whatever is left of their cricket."

Waugh said Smith was the sort of player who reacts when troubles arise and anticipates that him will contemplate how he will handle the South Africa and Pakistan challenges. "Smith will have a decent take a gander at himself, his captaincy style, which players he needs in the group," he said.

"These six Tests in Australia could well characterize his captaincy going ahead. "I think in the event that they have a decent arrangement in Australia and the group remains stable and they react to his authority then it's extraordinary for him.

"Be that as it may, if things don't go well it will be a testing time for him especially after the last couple of misfortunes." South Africa touch base in Australia on Tuesday in front of the main Test in Perth from 3 November, with further Tests in Hobart and Adelaide. Pakistan play Tests in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney from 15 December.

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