Crio’s Q? – What to expect from a Captain

The Pup “obits” are raising the question of what to expect from a Captain. In cricket, the role seems demanding. Clarke, by general consensus, was inventive, even inspiring, in the field. His batting, for a time, provided key runs on challenging decks. Off field, however, there were often rumblings.

A polished media performer, Clarke’s leadership qualities shone immediately after the Hughes tragedy and perhaps muted opposition for a time. But losses and poor form created the perfect crisis. Clarke wasn’t under the spell of the “baggy green”. He’d train assiduously, but not mix as one of the boys. Rumours of divisions never went away. Clearly captain and coach had a fractious relationship – Clarke even hinted so in his pressers. Now he’s gone.

What, I ponder, is the Skipper’s role and how does it vary between sports?

In Aussie Rules, he leads them out and tosses the coin. Perhaps if they banned runners and/or interchange there’d be a more vital role to be played. Fans of Murphy, Selwood, Hodge would contest that they – and blokes like Browny in the past – offer critical leadership.

The soccer “C” wears the armband. The Rugby leader has specific rights regarding conversations with the ref.

A captain’s game. A captain’s knock. Rhetoric or reality?

What is it and how does it alter across the sporting landscape?

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