3 longest serving test captains
Captaining your country is a matter of great honour. While it sits well on some people, others wilt away due to the sheer burden of the job. Hence, we decided to pay ode to the longest serving test captains.
1) Graeme Smith – Graeme Smith has been the captain of his country for the longest duration in Test history. Smith captained South Africa in 109 Test matches and was given the responsibility at a very young and inexperienced stage. He is the only visiting skipper to beat the Aussies at home in consecutive series. Under him, South Africa for the longest time were the only team which used to perform well in away Test matches.
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2) Allan Border – Allan Border is known as the Godfather of Australian cricket and for good reason. He got the team when they were in tatters and inexperienced. Border led his country in 93 Test matches. He helped shape the careers of Waugh brothers, David Boon, Geoff Marsh, Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting etc. It was under ‘captain grumpy’ that Australia stole West Indies’ thunder and went on to dominate world cricket for a decade and a half.
3) Stephen Fleming – Fleming is another one who held the reigns of his side for a long time. The southpaw skippered the Kiwi team in 80 test matches. Alongside being the batting mainstay and a top slipper, Fleming was a brilliant man manager and was picked by Shane Warne as the best visiting captain he had played against.