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MC Bad Genius

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Everyone says this about any captain selected.
There's some pretty clear evidence in The Test documentary (just finished it a couple of nights ago) that he's not a particularly great on-field captain. The reflection session that they have after Stokes got England out of jail is pretty unflinching and Paine comes across as really defensive, maybe a bit petulant.
 

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There's some pretty clear evidence in The Test documentary (just finished it a couple of nights ago) that he's not a particularly great on-field captain. The reflection session that they have after Stokes got England out of jail is pretty unflinching and Paine comes across as really defensive, maybe a bit petulant.
Conversely, Australia did a hell of a job to win the next match.

One of the best wins in Australia cricket for 20 years.

Paine was a competent captain. I'd give him a B grade.
 

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There's some pretty clear evidence in The Test documentary (just finished it a couple of nights ago) that he's not a particularly great on-field captain. The reflection session that they have after Stokes got England out of jail is pretty unflinching and Paine comes across as really defensive, maybe a bit petulant.
The influence a captain has tactically on a game of cricket is a bit overblown by fans imo.
 
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I'd probably go the opposite way, but I'm intrigued why you think that.
I subscribe to the Richie Benaid quote: ‘captaincy is 90 percent luck and 10 percent skill, but don’t try it without the 10 percent’.

Most of the time in the field a captain is at the mercy of the quality of the attack at their disposal.
 

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I'd probably go the opposite way, but I'm intrigued why you think that.
Captaincy is so much about that cattle you have at your disposal.

I don’t think it’s a complete stretch to say that Australia were lucky to have 3 consecutive great captain in Taylor Waugh and Ponting and that it had nothing to do with the fact they had McGrath, Gillespie, Lee, Warne, Ponting, Hayden, Healy, Gilchrist etc.

Australia were dominant because of the sheer abundance of amazing talent
 

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Captaincy is so much about that cattle you have at your disposal.

I don’t think it’s a complete stretch to say that Australia were lucky to have 3 consecutive great captain in Taylor Waugh and Ponting and that it had nothing to do with the fact they had McGrath, Gillespie, Lee, Warne, Ponting, Hayden, Healy, Gilchrist etc.

Australia were dominant because of the sheer abundance of amazing talent
It’s why I rate Ian Chappell as one of our best captains. Early 70s he didn’t have the strongest team but made the most of what he had.
 

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