Sydney: Former skipper Mark Taylor on Thursday backed Steve Smith to captain Australia once more after his unimaginable Ashes exploits, as assist mounts for the 30-year-old to be given a second probability.
Smith was banned for 12 months over a brazen try to change the ball with sandpaper underneath his captaincy in a Cape City Take a look at, and slapped with an extra 12 months’s suspension from any management position which runs out on the finish of March subsequent 12 months.
Whereas wicket-keeper Tim Paine assumed the job in Assessments and gained reward for the way in which he helped the aspect retain the Ashes at Previous Trafford final weekend, he will probably be 35 in December.
Usman Khawaja and Travis Head have been touted as potential future leaders, however neither have carried out in England whereas Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood are bowlers, who hardly ever develop into captains.
Taylor, who helped decide Smith’s ball-tampering penalty, together with the bans handed to David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, mentioned he was the pure option to take over. “I consider Smith will captain Australia once more,” he mentioned in a column for the Sydney Morning Herald.
“I used to be on the Cricket Australia board that decided the penalties for Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft over the occasions of Cape City and have little question he will probably be a greater chief subsequent time round due to the very harsh classes he learnt.”
Paine was extensively criticised for his decision-making within the third Take a look at at Headingley that Australia misplaced, however he bounced again admirably at Previous Trafford and Taylor mentioned he ought to retain the armband for the upcoming residence summer season collection towards Pakistan and New Zealand.However Smith can be ready within the wings.
“To me it isn’t a matter of whether or not he (Smith) turns into captain once more on April 1. It does not need to occur that rapidly,” he mentioned.
“However I would prefer to assume when Paine is completed as Take a look at captain — whether or not that is in six months’ time or two or three years — he can be a candidate to guide the aspect once more.”
One other ex-captain, Ian Chappell, has additionally backed Smith to once more assume the position.
“I feel the issue for Australia will probably be there is no one else I can see to captain that aspect,” he mentioned just lately, whereas Ricky Ponting said he “would not have any downside with it in any respect”.
“If the hierarchy at Cricket Australia have a problem with him ever being captain once more, they’d have given him a life ban, would not they?” Ponting mentioned final month.
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