Hamilton: Which captain in world cricket would not want to be Graeme Smith? The South Africa captain seems to have it all - a team that has performed to match its reputation of being cricket's best travelling bunch, a clutch of experienced players who come to the party more often than not, youth that sprouts up at every corner and most of all, a bowling attack that is unquestionably dynamic, explosive and effective.
"He's said that he is probably more happy with this attack than he ever has been," Russell Domingo, South Africa's assistant coach, said of Smith. "He's got all facets covered. He's got Vernon [Philander] who is skilfull and controlled, he's got Dale [Steyn] who is aggressive, he's got Morne [Morne] who brings a different dimension, he's got a lesgpinner [Imran Tahir], he's got the experience of [Jacques] Kallis."
Having all those things would not matter much if Smith did not know how to use them. So far, his management of the attack has been exceptional as he has alternated their roles as aggressors and containers shrewdly. "A captain is generally going to be as good as the players are, or as good as your bowlers are. At the moment Graeme's got a really good bowling attack to work with," Domingo said.