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    Best Current Captain?

    Who is the best current Test match captain?
    I think Vaughan possibly on tatical decisions when fielding

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    1. Smith
    2. Vaughan
    3. Fleming



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    In tests? I'd say Vaughan, Fleming and possibly Ponting are all right up there.
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    Vaughn's #2, I think it's Stephen Flemming by a country mile. He can get that NZ team doing things it has no right to do.

    Pre-NZ and Sri-Lanka I'd have put Smith in #3, but he's slipping into that regimented way of thinking so common for SA captains of late. Although, that being said, even the best laid plans'll fail if the rub isn't going your way I guess. The current #3 would be Marvin Attapattu.

    I don't rate Ponting too highly as a captain, even the Amoeba Boys could guide the current Aussie team to top spot. Might be interesting to see him captain a team without top, top players in almost every postion. Good player though, don't get me wrong.

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    Fleming was rubbish during the tour to England, Vaughan outdid him by far.
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    Fleming was let down by injuries - not his fault.
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    I really looked forward to Fleming conducting a master-class this summer, but as Marc intimated, much of his powder was far from dry so I won't write him off just yet. Most of the time he seemed to be wringing his hands when his team were looking for a little inspiration - well, that was the impression I was given anyway.

    Vaughan has demonstrated that he is an astute skipper, eager to learn, seldom making the same mistake twice in the longer version of the game (when, to be fair, you can plan a long-term strategy session by session). Now for a little ODI improvement, eh?

    Graeme Smith looked to have all the smarts at the start of last summer's tour of England, but seemed to fall apart at the end (Flintoff can undo anyone's plans in an hour though, to be fair).

    Lara has never really done it for me.

    Ponting remains in Steve Waugh's shadow - but it's very difficult to judge any Australian captain when the team is so strong it seems to captain itself on occasion.

    Ganguly is someone who commands massive respect from some quarters and derision from others - but I like the guy's demeanour and the way he handles his team.

    Inzy? See Lara.

    I'm ignoring Atapattu, Taibu and Bashar.

    Ganguly for me then, with Vaughan / Ponting / Fleming / Smith close behind. Or ahead.
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    ponting then fleming for sure IMO
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    Fleming is a good captain, but there's only so much he can do. The bowlers & to some extent injuries let him down big time in England.

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    Fleming easily. He is the longest serving captain, and his reputation has been earned.

    Vaughan? Please.

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    I didn't initially rate Vaughan as a Captain but I think this test run England are building deserves high praise. Im not quite sold on his ODI captaincy as yet though.

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    I'm not even sure he warrants selection on ODIs.

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    Ponting has to be up there, he puts in the hard yards with his players (eg. bowls tirelessly in the nets) and leads from the front. He is also up there tactically and devises good plans by himself, with administrators and his fellow players.
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