I've been on this board for just over 2 years now, and one thing I've always found interesting while roaming the endless number of threads on many topics is the varying opinions on the Australian captaincy during their era of dominance, and mainly the role Steve Waugh played as captain.
I can recall (without being able to link anyone to specific posts, I'm assuming those who hold various opinions will come out in this thread though) some posters claiming Steve Waugh added very little (in terms of pure captaincy, not his batting) to Australia's era of dominance, and was more of a figure head who had it easy, and when he was tested on the odd occasion he sometimes would fall flat. Often the opinion is that the last great Australian captain was Allan Border who did the hard yards building the great Australian team up from one of mediocre players which Taylor and Waugh took advantage of. Others say Mark Taylor too was a great captain, whereas Waugh wasn't. At the same time I've come across posts who have praised Waugh for his 'steel' like nature as captain, and believed he ran a team of champions very well.
These opinions have always come in between various discussion of captaincy or Steve Waugh in general, rather than in a specific discussion based on his captaincy. I was just wondering what people thought of him as a leader of the Australian cricket team during their one of their greatest and the most successful periods in cricket. Whether it be his tactics, policies, selections etc.
I myself always found him an excellent captain, but I do believe he wasn't tested enough to be viewed as one of the great captains of contemporary cricket.