Earl Eddings, chairman of Cricket Australia, has said that former skipper Steve Smith is not the only option for the team when it comes to selecting the future captain. Smith was banned for a year in 2018 for his role in the scandal of tampering with the ball during a test match against South Africa. The right-handed batsman returned to competitive cricket at the 2019 ICC World Cup. However, Smith’s captaincy ban only ended in March this year, and the 31-year-old cricket player is now eligible to lead Australia.
“First of all, we have three great captains in Meg, Aaron and Tim. We have some great young leaders coming through. So it’s not just about Steve taking over, it’s about what’s best overall,” ESPNcrcinfo said Eddings.
Eddings praised Smith for his captaincy, but said management is not limited to one name as they have given a number of players the opportunity to lead the squad in recent years.
“Steve is a great young man and he was a good captain when he was there. As with any succession, there is a schedule. Did we sit down as a board to discuss the next captain? No, we didn’t,” said Eddings. .
“But I think over time we’ve given a range of people options to become vice-captain. Matthew Wade was already vice-captain. So we see that and it gives us a chance to look at the future leaders of Australian cricket, ‘he added.
When white-ball skipper Aaron Finch was sidelined from the second T20I against India due to injury, wicket-keeper-batsman Matthew Wade led Australia.
In Tests Tim Paine led Australia from the front in the Pink Test ball against India in Adelaide.
On the second day of the first Test, Australia was left 110-7 as the last three wickets added 80 runs and skipper Tim Paine played an unbeaten knock of 73 runs to bring the hosts closer to India’s first innings total to bring. .
Smith said Paine will take a lot of confidence on the first test. He also highlighted how Paine played his part by hitting number seven for Australia.
“He will take a lot of confidence from his game recently. He took over the game and scored well and that changes the momentum there,” Smith said at a virtual press conference on Tuesday.
“We’ve always known Tim had such good skill with the bat and he’s getting better and better. That’s part of his job – being a number seven wicket-keeper who plays the game and plays according to the situation,” he added.
India and Australia will play in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground from December 26.
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