Smith should quit - Waugh

2012-02-07 07:47

Cape Town - Former Australian captain Steve Waugh believes it's time for Graeme Smith to relinquish his Test captaincy role at the Proteas.

Waugh told the Eyewitness News website that Smith should perhaps follow the example of former Australian captain Ricky Ponting by giving up his current role to focus more on his individual batting performance.

“Graeme [Smith] has been captain for a long time, since he was very young. Maybe it would be good for him to be a player not so much a captain.

"Ricky Ponting has done it and it relieved a lot of pressure on his shoulders. Graeme should think of not being a Test captain and just go there and enjoy his batting," said Waugh.

Waugh, who currently sits seventh on the all-time Test run scorers list with 10 927 runs, also said the Proteas are still too inconsistent at Test level.

“South Africa has moments when they look like the best side in the world and they have moments when they don’t look like the best side in the world. They are a little bit inconsistent. They really shout have beaten Australia 2-0 in the recent tour, but for some reason they can’t quite grab it when the opportunity presents itself,” said Waugh.

England's 3-0 series loss to Pakistan has given South Africa a big shot at becoming world No 1 in Tests. Should the Proteas beat New Zealand 3-0 in their upcoming Test series they will lift England out of the top spot.


  • mark.p.vrdoljak - 2012-02-07 07:59

    For once an Australia speaks sense!!!! Please Smith listening put your ego behind you!

      Sean - 2012-02-07 08:19

      I agree 100% , but Smith is to bloody ARROGANT !!

      Dhirshan - 2012-02-07 08:32

      more useless articles by sport24 to give the ignorant smith haters a platform - you clearly don't understand the game. under smith, sa are unbeaten away since freaking 2006 ( not even waugh did that, jealous clown ) and we only lost 1 series ( vs oz 2009 ) in that time . . . SIX YEARS! and we about to be no. 1 again. plus his batting average is 49 and he has almost played 100 tests. why the hell should he quit ????

      mark.p.vrdoljak - 2012-02-07 08:50

      The captaincy is at issue here not him quitting!! Dhirshan! I think this a last chance for him to improve his batting!!! Like Pointing he who had a huge dry spell he gave up the Captaincy and look at him now!! But the stats state that Amla with less games has more centuries then Smith and I mean it's a 3rd of Smith's games! The saddest part is all the young talent we have at our disposal people who could be nurtured and grown in place of Smith and Boucher!!! Yes the new players have a bad game or two but Smith had a whole couple of years!! Just look at our bowling variety!

      Michael - 2012-02-07 08:51

      It's not for Steve to tell Smith what to do,I'm one of those who dislikes Smith big time and i think he should have quit all forms of captaincy. None of South African veterans told Ricky nor Steve to quit,since when do we emulate Ozzies? @Dhirshan-next time try to write SA in caps, have respect for our country,please!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-07 09:19

      @Michael, try putting spaces in between a comma and the next word. Have some respect for our grammar please! Furthermore, Dhirshan is right, there is nothing wrong with Smith's captaincy. We remain one of the best test cricket teams in the world for the last 6 years.. As much as you hate Biff, you cannot deny his record.

      adrien.mcguire - 2012-02-07 10:09

      This article is so badly written. The first 4 paragraphs say exactly the same thing . They are just filling space and I hope the journalist is not paid by the word. I think it would be a good time to get a new captain while Smith is still there to act as a mentor !!

      Deon - 2012-02-07 15:17

      Steve forgot about 2009 when Smith lead our team to a 2 - 1 win in Australia against them. He broke his finger but still came to bat in the last test at number 11. Smith just had to last 10 more balls and it was 2-0. Earlier that year we beat England in England.

  • bennievanderwesthuizen - 2012-02-07 08:07

    Smith is still the opener with one of the highest averages so maybe Mr Waugh and the Aussies is playing the game

      brendonml - 2012-02-07 13:46

      yeah exactly - Steve Waugh - King of psychological warfare. Everyone here has been duped, idiots. Before the WC in India, Waugh was asked who he was backing to win the cup, he replied "South Africa, of course''

      Kosie - 2012-02-07 15:56

      his average will go down its started to go down already, wait and see

  • Henk - 2012-02-07 08:10

    he wont understand what you are talking about Steve. he is to arrogant and stupid

  • Piet - 2012-02-07 08:11

    Now I like Steve ...A true word spoken..... Now chappie choker must listen to the best advice spoken in a very long time!!!

      Chrono - 2012-02-07 09:36

      He's not a choker, he has a technical flaw which requires really good timing for him to play well. I can't understand why his flaw has not been corrected by his coaches over such a long period.

  • Bonjo - 2012-02-07 08:13

    Ok I agree that Smith needs to step down but it's not Steve's place to tell! That's like telling another man to leave his wife, pure meddling in business that's not any of your concern!

      Rob - 2012-02-07 10:26

      Lebo, trying reading the article properly. Steve was not telling Smith anything! He was merely giving his opinion to the reporter. We are all entitled to our opinions no matter who we are.

  • Jean - 2012-02-07 08:19

    Smith is to arrogant to listen..he afraid if does that he would lose his place on the team beacuse his form sucks right now.......

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-07 09:21

      Really? Back to back half centuries.. Let's judge him after the New Zealand tour ok couch potato?

      Jimmy - 2012-02-07 10:05

      Back to back 1/2 centuries = 3 years of rubbish. By the way those were in 50 over games and not tests, and the article is about tests !!!

      brendonml - 2012-02-07 13:52

      Hey Jimmy, how do you badly perform for 3 years in test cricket and still have a test average of 50 and placed 14th in the batting rankings. His ranking is higher than KP, Bell, Hussey. I believe you and most people only have been judging Smith's home record and not his away record since most of you couch potatoes cant afford DSTV or manage to read a proper cricket website such as

      brendonml - 2012-02-07 13:54

      People also forget we are 2 in the world under Smith and possibly number 1 in the not so distant future. The mob is really pathetic. Mehh, sheeple everywhere, meh

      Steward - 2012-02-08 01:58

      Haters will hate, because that is what they do.

  • Ianthe - 2012-02-07 08:22

    Smith should have quit when he failed to lead the team back to SA after their defeat in the World Cup. Opted for Ireland instead. Not befitting a so-called leader.

  • kritzinger - 2012-02-07 08:25

    Steve Waugh is part of a generation of Aussie cricketers who I respect more than the current bunch (with exceptions). This is why.

  • Desmond du Toit - 2012-02-07 08:26

    Greame Smith is by far the most successful cricket captain in the rich history of our country...Steve Waugh should be more concerned with matters that are actually his business. We are on our way for a long tour away from home..appointing a new test captain now will be suicide...there are still a lot of people believing in Greame Smith as our test captain.

      nhamo.dzenyika - 2012-02-07 09:30

      just refresh my memories Desmond. how many world cup trophies did the good Smith anex as captain?

      Rahul - 2012-02-07 13:17

      @ Desmond: Totally agree. @ nhamo.dzenyika: How many WC's have been won soley by captaincy? No matter how great and cricket smart a captain is winning a WC depends on the squad he has. All due respect to SA but Smith hasn't had a purely great squad which he failed to win a WC with. Pollock and Hansie never got blamed as much as Biff does!!!!

      brendonml - 2012-02-07 13:56

      @ Nhamo, oh yes I forgot Smit and Pienaar won the rugby WC's single handedly, forget about the entire squad. People also forget that most of cricket played since readmission has been dominated by a severely talented aussie side.

  • Jason - 2012-02-07 08:33

    everyone is allowed to have an opinion but why start listening to Aussies now unless it serves your purpose! Such a stupid argument it isn't about Smith's ability its about blaming him for everything we haven't achieved "screaming from our sofa at home how can we lose" Like we somehow could have done better... Are we becoming a nation of moaners?

      Paul - 2012-02-07 08:46

      You don't think Mr Waugh is giving this advice out of the goodness of his heart, do you? He knows there's a pretty good chance that SA will be No.1 in Test cricket by the time the Aussies tour South Africa in December and nothing would suit him better than a destabilised Protea set-up. If you ask me, the Aussies have floundered since Ponting stepped down as captain. It's only in this last series against a highly overrated India that they've really achieved something of note.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-07 09:22

      Ah, two sensible commentators!

  • The-third - 2012-02-07 08:38

    I don't think it's necessary just yet. BUT... Graeme Smith may want to consider stepping down as captain anyway after the England series. Then he can enjoy the next few years just batting and aiding AB.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-07 09:24

      Yup, sensible comment.

  • Arthur - 2012-02-07 08:41

    This is Waugh talk!

  • Roy - 2012-02-07 08:48

    Good on you mate. This is what South Africans, 99.99%,have been saying for a long time but it is either the money he loves or he is just to hardheaded to realise that he is only good against mediocre teams and is way over his time in the game.

      cheryl.kristiansen - 2012-02-07 08:57

      Thats a funny percentage Roy. I know a lot of people who are very happy with Smith. According to your figures, there must be about a trillion people in the country then!

      Alan - 2012-02-07 09:04

      more like 99.9999999% of knowledgable supporters.....

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-07 09:26

      @Alan, speaking on behalf of the couch potato faithful? Most of the people I know who are die hard cricket fans (and critics) have no problem with Smith being test captain. You another thumb sucker...

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-07 09:29

      @Roy, "Good on you mate." WTF?? What South African speaks like that, unless you a Aussie wannabe?

      Alan - 2012-02-07 09:47

      @PointBlank. Funny how you assume I am a couchpotato. Just as reasonable for me to assume the same of you. I am an avid cricket supporter, consider myself fairly knowledgable, played cricket for almost 30 years, and am entitled to my point of view. My circle of sporting friends mostly don't think much Biffy Boy as a captain anymore. You really need to respect different points of view.

  • John - 2012-02-07 08:53

    Not just yet. Perhaps Smith should see out 2012 and give AB time to grow as 1 day captain. Some of AB's decissions, so far, have been shockers. The 5 day game is more stategic and I don't think AB is ready.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-07 09:26

      AB is not captain material.. period. He has no leadership qualities, he does not have a captain brain on him.

      Alan - 2012-02-07 09:49

      Hmmmm - Biff is probably has the slowest cricket brain of all modern day captains. I think HAshim would really be able to grow into Test Captaincy.

      brendonml - 2012-02-07 14:04

      Amla looked out of his depth as captain and his batting took a knock. He also doesnt want the job.

  • Victor - 2012-02-07 09:05

    He should have gone long ago !!!

  • Onke Dali - 2012-02-07 09:27

    God forbid if Smith was colored or black, he would've been pushed out years ago.... that we all know but people are saying nah let him see out 2012, hilarious considering how terrible his batting has been for several years now. I see him as a liability to the team to be honest.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-07 09:46

      *sigh*... Look, the racist card.... how unusual.

      Jimmy - 2012-02-07 10:09

      Well somebody should pull the"You're TOO FAT" card on Smith !!!

      Paul - 2012-02-07 10:37

      Let's keep God out of this one, Onke...

      Onke Dali - 2012-02-07 12:18

      Okay guys lets disregard the race thing. Based purely on his performances , how many of think he should be in the squad ? I'm not saying anything about him being captain yet.

      Rahul - 2012-02-07 13:04

      I think he should be in the squad. Looking at our domestic teams which opener do you think has played well enough to award him with a national opening bat spot??????

      brendonml - 2012-02-07 14:08;spanmax1=07+Feb+2012;spanmin1=07+Feb+2009;spanval1=span;template=results;type=batting Those are his stats in the past 3 years for test cricket. He is averaging over 45 with 5 hundreds. Yes I know you are shocked, but facts dont lie.

  • camiel.phillips - 2012-02-07 09:37

    Point taken Steve.

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-07 10:22

    The problem is that when a Aussie is saying it. True or not. You always have to doubt his intentions. He could have said it earlier like the other few thousands of people, being an expert, but he chose now as the right time. Is it to create havoc by hoping that he put a fox in the chicken den? He knows which ever way it will be taken up it will cause a stir. Taking the captaincy away or let GS feels he must do more to proof himself. Both will have a disbalance effect on the Proteas. Like I said: The problem is when a Aussie is saying it. It is always to early or later than other, but always said with a intention being on the right time to do the most impact.

  • Mouldy - 2012-02-07 10:23

    Bunch of losers at sport24 keeps deleting my comment, why? Is it because I'm defending my National Cricket Captain? Who's side are you lot on?

  • Mouldy - 2012-02-07 10:44

    What I need to say, and what sport24 keeps deleting: Love or hate him, Biff is our National Cricket Captain. Criticise him if you want, bash him around whatever, but the moment someone from the outside takes a stab at one of our own, then we rally behind them. How retarded by one person on here to even say "good on you mate"? WTF? Who are you people to side with an outsider against one of our own? Disgusting.

      Paul - 2012-02-07 17:01

      Good on ya, Mouldy!

  • Lorenzo - 2012-02-07 10:44

    This coming from an Aussie who clung to the captaincy of their Test team till well into his 36th year. Go figure.

  • John - 2012-02-07 11:15

    One cannot just quote Smiths statistics.... you need to compare his current form with his history... I Agree with Waugh. He's not criticizing Smith, just giving an objective opinion, with the reasons for it. Which is more than can be said for some of the comments here

      Alan - 2012-02-07 11:22

      Well said John, even if some of the dummies here might refer to you as a dreaded 'couch potato'.Whaahaa. Waugh makes perfect sense, and Smiffy will never aspire to being half of the captain that Waugh was. Records mean nothing ... when the chips are down .. Smiffy doesnt have what it takes. Chips? Did somebody say "Chips'. *Ducks the Pieman*

  • Doc - 2012-02-07 12:25

    This is all mind games from the master of them, trying to rattle Smith's cage before the NZ tour. Waugh would not be picking on Smith if he did not realise the guy is capable of single handedly defeating teams. Granted, he has not had much form of late, but if he hits his stride he will dismantle the opposition. My advise to Graham, tell Waugh to save his criticism for his lowly ranked Aussies and former team mates.

      Phil - 2012-02-07 14:06

      Do your comments come from a random generator ? What logic is there to suppose Waugh is trying to upset SA before the NZ tour?

  • Allan - 2012-02-07 12:29

    There are those that love Smith and those that don't. Unfortunately the ones that do always quote his batting averages. They look good on paper but have steadily with time been dropping. Steve waugh may have a point. I never thought that Ponting would jump back the way he has against India. Smith do your test ability a chance and resign from captaincy. If your batting does not improve then retire.

      brendonml - 2012-02-07 14:11

      ill quote them again, this over the past 3 years. Average is over 45 with 5 hundreds and 6 fifties in 21 matches.;spanmax1=07+Feb+2012;spanmin1=07+Feb+2009;spanval1=span;template=results;type=batting

  • Dale - 2012-02-07 12:47

    First of all for alot of people out there the fact that Graeme Smith averages 49 in tests isnt something to brag about, he used to average well over 50 in tests so that means his form isnt what it was a few years ago. Also just because the guy can bat abit doesnt mean that he is an outstanding captain. In terms of captaincy in tests i think that Graeme's time is up but i think he should be given the opportunity to keep his place within the test matches because if he comes back onto form he will be devastating.

  • Rahul - 2012-02-07 12:55

    Like Waugh relinquished Aus test captaincy even though his own form was bad. The guy was sacked as ODI capatin as well. Not the best person to be giving Smith advice I think. Anyways our test team has been performing well getting the right results; no mess ups with field placings or team selection; getting 60 wickets in the first 3 tests against SL (some credit to the captain). Smith's test batting form hasn't been awful. So WHY FIX WHAT'S NOT BROKE!!!! These former players are way too quick forget their own past! In 2001: “Continuing as Test captain, Waugh led the team to a 2–1 victory in South Africa to retain Australia's ranking as the number one team. Australia crushed the hosts in the First Test by an innings and 360 runs, won the Second Test by four wickets, before losing the last. His own form was poor, with 95 runs at 19.00. He left the tour once the ODI series began. Arriving in Australia alone, he faced media questioning over his playing future. Waugh's reply was, "We've just beaten the next best team in the world 5–1, and all you want to talk about is getting me out of the team."

  • Sabiha - 2012-02-07 12:55

    so even thou tendulkar is not at his best at the moment no ones asking him to quit cos he is a hero , but cos lots of you find smith arrogant and look for his fault he must step down to please urll, cmon lets give smith a chance he has good record against engalnd , he his capable of leading the test side to no 1again.

  • Grant - 2012-02-07 12:56

    So what does Waugh have to say about the consistency of the English side... or the Indian side? Just wondering...

  • Theo - 2012-02-07 13:06

    Mark and Steve.....go make another crooked deal Ozzie ponce!!!!

  • Christopher - 2012-02-07 13:28

    Here here!

      Alan - 2012-02-07 15:04

      hear hear?

  • Hallo - 2012-02-07 14:04

    Best captain we have. Unlike De Villiers. Steve Waugh can go play with a dingo.

      Alan - 2012-02-07 15:08

      yeah - an Biffy can go stuff some Irish Pies into his face instead of playing Captain Useless in the big boy's league.

      Hallo - 2012-02-07 15:13

      Great technical argument there Alan.

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