Make Botha SA captain in place of Smith: Rice

Updated: 29 December 2009 10:19 IST

Graeme Smith has done no good to the South African cricket team as skipper and Johan Botha would make a better leader, feels former captain Clive Rice.

Make Botha SA captain in place of Smith: Rice
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Johannesburg:

Graeme Smith has done no good to the South African cricket team as skipper and Johan Botha would make a better leader, feels former captain Clive Rice. Rice, who never played a recognised Test because of apartheid-era isolation of African nation, questioned the leadership qualities of Smith.

"What has he actually achieved as captain? For me, he is too one-dimensional as captain and he shows no enterprising spirit," Rice, who led South Africa in the historic one-day series in India which was the first after the country was readmitted to the international arena.

The former captain was of the view that Botha would make a better captain than Smith.

"Botha really impressed me as captain when he led South Africa at the beginning of the year to a victory against Australia in a one-day series.

"He would be my choice as South African captain in all forms of the game. Smith has not achieved anything in the big tournaments in which he was the captain. That should be an indication that he is not the right guy for the role," he told Afrikaan Daily 'Beeld'.

Botha had led South Africa in that series against Australia since Smith was injured.

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