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Smith is unable to lead Australia, says O’Keeffe

Leg-spinner Kerry O'Keeffe featured in 24 Tests for Australia.

By Aditya Pratap Arya -


Former Australian spinner Kerry O’Keeffe feels Steven Smith is not temperamentally sound enough to be captain Australia and said he overreacts too often in the recently concluded Test series.

During Australia’s 1-2 series lose against India, Smith burst into the anger and was hitting the headlines for wrong reasons. After the conclusion of Dharamshala Test, Smith apologised for his behaviour throughout this series.

O'Keeffe said on 'Fox Sports' Back Page Live’, “He leads from the front (and) he's finding out about leadership.”

“Is he temperamentally sound enough to be the captain of our country? Probably not because he's so emotional. We've seen when he's on the field he's overly reacting to everything,” leg-spinner added.

He opted for the cuss word he used against Murali Vijay for appealing a wrong catch. “That catch was (not) cleanly taken. He decided to go with the cheat line. There's an emotion to Steve Smith that basically is at the core of his game," O'Keeffe concluded.

Meanwhile, Smith was the standout performer for Australia throughout this series and scored 499 runs including three hundreds at Pune, Ranchi and Dharamshala respectively.

Aditya Pratap Arya

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