A Drink With Mark Taylor Landed Steve Smith Captaincy Job

Knight is expecting a close series despite England suffering defeat in the first match

Knight is expecting a close series despite England suffering defeat in the first match

He has scored runs for Aussies like no other batsmen in the recent years. And leadership dawned on Steven Smith when his mentor Brad Haddin gracefully gave way over a drink at the Playford Hotel, also in Adelaide, in the hours after a Test match victory. Smith received the call from Marsh the following morning, confirming the gears were in motion and he would become Australia's 45th Test captain.

"Matthew is someone I've known since the Australian Institute of Sport tour of India in 2007 and we have always got on well", Smith writes in his book. That came in as a big surprise for Taylor and Smith, both. We were down at the bar at the Sebel in Adelaide and talking about what was next, the game in Brisbane.

According to a report in Cricket.com.au, both Smith and Taylor were shocked after listening to Haddin. 'Are you serious?' said Mark, and then he turned to me and said: 'are you ready?'. I was like 'sorry!?' It was all spur of the moment sort of things.

"Don't you want to do it then?' he (Taylor) said to Brad with a smile, perhaps thinking he was joking", Smith explained in his autobiography.

But how did Smith happen to become Australia captain ahead of the likes of David Warner and even Chris Rogers?

"If I'm not keeping well, I'd be out of the team right now but, thankfully, I've been keeping well over the last five to six Test matches and they're sticking with me".

"People say I go across my stumps a long way and "aren't you just going to get out lbw", but I'll cop that, if I get out lbw I am actually happy, if I get out nicking outside off stump I am disappointed in myself".

"I'm confident in my batting; I know that I'm a good enough batter. if I can get the opportunity to play, I'm going to have a good series".

As a batsman, Smith has always been critiqued for an idiosyncratic method, from his pronounced pre-movement across the crease to a series of fidgets between balls that actually serve to key him in for the next delivery.

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