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O'Keeffe: Smith is too emotional to be Australia's captain

Sporting News logo Sporting News 29/03/2017
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Former Test captain Kerry O'Keeffe has taken a shot at Steve Smith's leadership qualities, questioning if he is the right man to have control.

Smith apologised for letting his "emotions, actions falter a little bit throughout this series" after his side lost the series 2-1 in India.

The Australian skipper was involved in a series of feuds with Indian leader Virat Kohli, with both men dishing out plenty of criticism towards one another.

Towards the end of the fourth Test, Smith was caught on camera labelling Indian opener Murali Vijay a ''f------ cheat'' after he claimed a catch that hit the ground.

India then released footage of the batsman telling Cheteshwar Pujara he was ''useless'', despite being second on the world rankings.

Kerry O'Keeffe has been in Smith's position before and argues it was a poor display from the skipper.

"He leads from the front (and) he's finding out about leadership," O’Keeffe told Fox Sports .

"Is he temperamentally sound enough to be the captain of our country? Probably not because he's so emotional.

"We've seen when he's on the field he's overly reacting to everything.

"That catch was (not) cleanly taken. He decided to go with the cheat line. There's an emotion to Steve Smith that basically is at the core of his game."

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