South Africa ODI series raises doubts over Australian Steve Smith’s captaincy, says Kepler Wessels

Former Test batsman Kepler Wessels says Australia’s disastrous one-day tour of South Africa is another blow to Steve Smith’s captaincy.

The Proteas hold a 4-0 series lead with one match to play after a convincing six-wicket win over Australia at Port Elizabeth on Sunday, the eighth loss for Smith in his past 10 matches.

Wessels says the South Africa tour raises questions about Smith’s leadership and warns Australia is in danger of developing a defeatist attitude with their recent struggles.

“This loss to South Africa brings into question the leadership of Steve Smith,” Wessels wrote in his blog on the Supersport website . “They lost on his watch to Sri Lanka. After that loss he was given some time off to rest before this tour. In his absence David Warner led the one day team to victory in Sri Lanka.”

The series has also been marred by the run-in between Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade and South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi during the fourth one-day international at Port Elizabeth on Sunday. Both players were fined and given a demerit point.

Wessels, who played for Australia and the Proteas, says Australia’s performances had made their on-field behaviour “embarrassing”.

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