Originally Posted by Daemon
It's not easy to attribute wins and losses to a captain because it could very well be that things just fall into place at the right/wrong time. Whether a teams good form coincides with the change or whether the captain coaxed it out of the team is really impossible to judge. No doubt captains have an influence on the performance of the team, but you can't really say that a team has succeeded due to the captaincy. Some players react well under some captains, some don't.
Take Ponting for example, general consensus here is that he is a poor captain, yet enjoyed one of the most successful stints as one.
Vaughan was a good captain yet his batting average as captain was well below his career average and miles below his average purely as a batsman.
Strauss has thrived and for a long time Ponting scored heavily before age caught up with him.
Every player is different though and people could come up with as many Botham's as they could Border's.