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A captain should stand up and be responsible for his team, Matthew Hayden said on Saturday. Mathew Barzal Jersey . Steven Smith, in Haydens mind, should not have returned home from the one-day series in Sri Lanka for a rest. The captain should call the shots, not the coach or selectors or high-performance staff. Hayden calls the whole thing absolute horseshit. Ex-players often get on their high horse, but if Haydens was any higher it would be a giraffe.Some of your best performances are always those that come when you have to bloody dig deep, and when youre in subcontinent conditions, mate, youre digging deep the entire time, Hayden said on radio station Triple M. He went on to invoke the fabric of the baggy green. Well, that settles it, then. Just Aussie up the rhetoric, mate, mention the myth of the baggy green (even though the series in question is one-day cricket) and who can possibly argue?But heres the thing about Matthew Hayden: he never once captained Australia, in any format. And heres the thing about Steven Smith: he is currently Australias captain in every format. And if Smith was to play all of Australias remaining matches for 2016, he would break the all-time record for captaining Australia in the most games in a calendar year. Not only that, he would do so in his first full year as skipper.Smith has led Australia in 30 games this year across all formats, and there are 19 matches remaining. Imagine Smith played all of those games. Of all comers from all countries, only Sachin Tendulkar would have captained more internationals in a calendar year (51 in 1997) than Smiths 49. And how did that finish up for Tendulkar? He was sacked at the end of that year.The Australian record was the 48 matches that Ricky Ponting led in in 2009. Did Ponting, in Haydens words, call the shots that year? In fact Ponting not only rested in 2009, he rested on three separate occasions: first during the home Chappell-Hadlee Series in February, then for the whole of a limited-overs tour of the UAE, and finally during the limited-overs games in England and Scotland that followed the Ashes.In any case, by 2009 Ponting was a leadership veteran, accustomed to the day-in day-out commitments that come with captaincy: the pre-match planning, the in-game decisions, the extra media responsibilities, the constant need to focus not only on your own performance but on the team as a whole. Only international captains can truly empathise with that workload - and Hayden is not in that group.Smith this weekend marks one year in the job, and in that time Australia have played only three games he did not captain - all T20s during the home summer, before the T20 captaincy was taken away from Aaron Finch and handed to Smith. So Sundays third ODI in Sri Lanka will be the first time Smith the captain has had a rest. Is that so much to ask?We know from Smiths own comments that this break had been floated before the tour of Sri Lanka even started, and that he took some convincing to agree to it. Naturally a captain never wants to desert his side. Equally, a teams coach and selectors and management never want a captain to burn out. A bilateral one-day series is the logical time to have a break.Hayden is not the only ex-player to have criticised the move. Michael Slater - another non-captain - tweeted that he did not understand the decision, and that the captain should be there to the end. Perhaps a more qualified critic was Michael Clarke, an ex-captain who himself at times was rested. He tweeted that he would have liked Smith to stay until the ODI series was won, or if he had needed a break sooner, he should have gone home straight after the Tests.Maybe thats true. Maybe the coach and selectors floated such a plan, Smith protested and staying on for a couple of ODIs was a compromise. What is certain is that after the next few weeks, there will be little chance for a rest for the remainder of the year. The final match in Sri Lanka is on September 9; the first ODI on a tour of South Africa is on September 27. Then comes the home summer.There are of course those who sneered at national selector Rod Marshs comments that Smith needed a rest ahead of the South Africa tour. Rest from one bilateral ODI series to prepare for another? Ridiculous, they said. But burnout is far more likely to occur at the end of a long, stressful and unsuccessful tour of the subcontinent than during a two-week trip to South Africa.Absolute horseshit? Give us a break. And give Smith one too. Anders Lee Jersey . 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Mike Tomlin prefers to be aggressive, and sometimes that means taking risks.With the Steelers facing a fourth-and-1 at the Washington 29 on Monday night, Tomlin could have a) kicked a field goal; b) sent DeAngelo Williams into the line or c) call for a short pass.He chose none of the above. Under orders, Ben Roethlisberger went deep to standout receiver Antonio Brown , who beat double coverage and caught the ball in stride for the touchdown that gave Pittsburgh the lead for good in a 38-16 victory.That was the call, Tomlin explained afterward in matter-of-fact fashion. We play to win.If that means taking a gamble along the way, well, why not?On a third-and-3 in the third quarter with the score 17-6, Roethlisberger again hooked up with Brown for a 26-yard score that all but sealed the win.Were not afraid to take shots, Roethlisberger said. Were a team on third and short, we like to take chances. ABs second touchdown was on a third and short, I believe. Thats just who we are.Referring to the earlier fourth-down play, Roethlisberger smiled when recalling the view he had while dropping back in the pocket and seeing Brown work his way open.Get the ball up quick and let him make a play, the quarterback said. The other two guys were wide open, but thats my guy.For good reason. Brown made an outstanding cattch on a ball that was brilliantly thrown. Ryan Pulock Jersey. I had the ball in my hand. He took it out my hand as we both got hit, third-year pro Bashaud Breeland said. It was just jarred loose. Other than that it should have been my play.The Steelers didnt care who was on Brown, whether it be All-Pro Josh Norman or Breeland. The way Roethlisberger sees it, let the opposition adjust to you -- and not the other way around.We just line up and play, the quarterback said. We have a lot of respect for those guys, especially Josh, but its on them to either move guys around or do what they have to do. 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