Former Australia captain Steve Smith says he is ready to take over the captaincy if given the chance. Smith will captain the Australia squad after Clarke stepped down after the 2015 ODI World Cup. Steve Smith loses Australia captaincy after the Cape Town sandpaper controversy. He was sentenced to 12 months in international cricket and two years in captaincy. Tim Payne takes over as Australia’s Test captain after the sandpaper controversy. Aaron Finch leads Australia in limited-overs cricket.
Smith, who returned to the national team after being banned, celebrated his return to cricket with two centuries in the Ashes. Although Tim Payne managed to keep the Ashes under the coaching of Justin Langer. The fact that the player is 36 years old now leads to the question of what the future holds. But Border-Gavaskar won for the second time in a row.
Australia’s current vice-captain Pat Cummins is another player likely to consider for the captaincy after Payne. In general, Australia is a country that is reluctant to captain fast bowlers. Ray Lindwall was the last fast bowler to lead Australia in 1956.
There are differences of opinion in Australian cricket over the re-appointment of Smith as captain. Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has said that Steve Smith should never be the captain of the Australian cricket team again. “We have an idea that the best player should be the captain, but I do not agree with that. The captain must be the one who leads the team well,” Clarke added. Steve Smith is Australia’s best batsman. But Clarke said he does not feel he should lead the team himself.
Clarke also suggested that pacer Pat Cummins should lead Australia after Payne’s retirement. He suggests that Cummins should be the captain in all three formats. But Usman Khawaja has said that Steve Smith should be the Australian captain again and that he has suffered for the mistakes he has made.