nah he was just proper not very good at captaining tbh. mind you that's not his fault, he got the captaincy as designated best batsman rather than for being a recognised leader, but like the smith tenure was characterised by racking up wins at home with a HTB squad and then not having an answer overseas for when plan A didn't work as it intended to, or for that matter at home like in the series against the saffers. when you're the captain of the national side, especially one as competitive and proud as the aussie side, you can't just be a plan a guy only, gotta have a plan bI know Smith is a little "eccentric" (not to Labuschagne levels mind you), but tbh nobody from the current team appears to me to be anything other than a sheltered athlete. Keep in mind these people have never had to do a normal 9-5 day ever
Paine was meant to be the adult in the room to guide the dillusionioned group of blokes out of this debacle and look what kind of person he turned out to be
The standards have plummeted ever since AB resigned from this throne. It's only been one way since then, the way down. And yes, based on the standards set by the last two skippers, this is the highest honour from the bottom of the scale.It is the highest honour after all. You are succeeding someone who didn't know what his team mates were doing with the ball, and another who showed to the world exactly where his balls were.