Kasprowicz: 'Smith has stamped his style on the team'

Former Michael Kasprowicz talks about Steve Smith's captaincy, the inclusion of cricket in Commonwealth Games, David Warner et al.

"I like the way he's come into the side and developed a style of his own. He's the best batsman in the team," said Michael Kasprowicz (in pic) on Steve Smith.   -  NAGARA GOPAL

Michael Kasprowicz allayed doubts on Steve Smith's captaincy after Australia's first Test defeat to Bangladesh in August and the team's 1-4 drubbing against India in the ODI series recently. The former Aussie pacer was in New Delhi for promoting the 2018 Queensland Commonwealth Games. Here's an excerpt of his interaction with the media:-

On how Bangladesh series will impact Australia in The Ashes:-

When you play overseas it's always challenging, adjusting your skills to suit the conditions. The first Test, Australia didn't do welll, Bangladesh won. But Bangladesh have been doing well over the last few years. It was always going to be a tough series for the Aussies.

On how the Bangladesh Test defeat will impact Smith's captaincy:-

Winning does solve everything. But he's developing into a really good leader. It's a young side and he's stamping his style on that team. And, we'll see so many more good things from him

On David Warner's leadership potential:-

He's doing a fine job as a vice-captain. Rod Marsh, Adam Gilchrist and Ian Healy did fine job as vice captains; that's what Warner's doing now.

On Warner's development:-

He's developed a lot — I think you do that naturally as you get older. There's a difference in the way he played when he first came and the way he's adjusted.

On split-captaincy:-

Steve Smith's got a lot of support. I like the way he's come into the side and developed a style of his own. He's the best batsman in the team in all cricket.

On inclusion of cricket in Commonwealth Games:-

I was disappointed it wasn't in Delhi (2010). Maybe when India hosts the 2032 Olympics (sic) we can put cricket in it.