Former Australian captain Steve Smith has made a brilliant comeback to the Test side after a gap of almost 16 months as he has scored centuries in the both innings of the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston. The right-hander dominated the English bowling in both innings as he took the game away from the hosts single-handedly. Smith was also seen assisting the current skipper Tim Paine which has started a new debate in the cricketing fraternity as the 30-year-old is yet to complete his leadership ban.
However, former Aussie skipper and mentor of current side, Ricky Ponting has shut down all the criticism on Smith’s involvement in decision making as he said that the team would continue to benefit from the skills and experience of the former captain whenever it wants.
“I read a bit of that stuff this morning, with people online going on about the fact he shouldn’t be doing it because he’s not captain. That’s an absolute load of rubbish. He’s not captain. He’s not tossing the coin and he’s not picking the team. But an experienced guy like him with a cricket brain that he’s got, Tim would be silly to not try and tap into that and not try to use him when he can,” he said.