Former batsman Mark Waugh believes Steve Smith has quite regretted his role in the ball handling scandal and needs to give him the captaincy of Australia after the retirement of current Tim Paine.
Smith was removed from captaincy for his involvement in the scandal in 2018, which also led to a review of Australia’s costly team culture.
However, ahead of the four-test series against India, there were discussions and debates about whether it was time to reinstate Smith as captain after Matthew Wade became the substitute captain in the second T20I in the absence of injured Aaron Finch.
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“I would make Steve Smith captain. He’s one of the best players on the team, so he’ll always be chosen on the team, ”Waugh said on Fox Sports’ Heavy Roller Podcast.
“He has been in charge of Australia for a number of years. He has a great cricketing brain and I think he’s a leader, so why not? Smith commanded Australia in 34 Tests, 51 ODIs and 8 T20Is between 2015 and 2018 before being banned one year due to the sandpaper scandal that occurred in Cape Town two years ago.
“I know a lot of people say why is he a captain again?” But the crime was paid for as minor as I thought it was, ”Waugh said.
“He paid his penance there, so he goes back to captain. I think he’s a pretty good captain. “However, spin legend Shane Warne believes Smith’s time as captain is over and he just needs to focus on accumulating runs for the country.
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“I wouldn’t want to (make him captain), I think Steve Smith spent his time. I would go with someone else as captain. Steve Smith we want to beat and beat,” Warne said.
“I think we just let him hit and play. His time passed. It has nothing to do with things in South Africa for me. I just think the time has come for someone else. ”
Recently, former Australian goalkeeper batsman Adam Gilchrist backed Smith, saying there is no reason why he is not allowed to be the captain again.