Maybe now’s the time for Smith to say I surrender

2008-02-26 00:00

THE imminent West Indies tour provides the national cricket selectors with the last opportunity to shape their team before the tough stuff starts with the tours to India, England and Australia. Thus far, they have given no indication of anything other than an insipid desire to maintain the status quo. This is an attitude that makes sense with a team that is settled and successful, but the pleasing results against New Zealand should not be taken as an indication that all is well within Smith’s team.

I have long likened Smith to a golfer who regularly fails to make the cut. Such golfers may have the occasional brilliant tournament, but they do not prosper in the long run. Eventually, their growing list of failures sows the seeds of doubt that infect their confidence and their ability to succeed. Wise golfers soon recognise that they need a swing that is technically sound enough to provide them with a solid platform for long-term success.

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