3 players who can replace Tim Paine as Australia's captain

Australia's next big Test series is Ashes, which is likely to start from December 9.

Umang SinghAuthor

Updated - 13 May 2021 04:25 PM

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The captaincy of Australia has been under debate for quite some time now. It reached its peak when Australia lost the Test series against India at home second time in a row. India also managed to conquer Gabba in this series for the first time in 32 years, leaving the Australian team management under a lot of stress.

Tim Paine, the current Test team skipper, received the opportunity in 2018 when former captain Steve Smith was barred from playing due to his involvement in the Sandpapergate scandal. However, Paine did a splendid job restoring Australia's cricket reputation. Although Tim is reaching the end of the road in his career, and it has also started to reflect in his batting performances. In his last 5 Test matches, Paine had only scored two half-centuries. Now, the question arises who should be the next captain of Australia? 

Apparently, the team management needs to go back to their previous system of selecting captains based on playing merit (the players who can cement their place in the team with performances). We will discuss the players who are performing well and could be a good option to lead the side in the coming years.

1. Steve Smith

Smith is an experienced candidate for the captain's role, leading the side for 4 years until 2018. He also happened to score well while managing the side; amassing 3659 runs in 34 matches at an average of 70.36. Notably, he is the best option management has got having already served his punishment.

2. Pat Cummins

The number 1 Test bowler has been the best player for Australia over last few years. Earlier in the year, former captain Michael Clarke suggested that Cummins should lead the side after Paine. Pat is at his peak right now, and it will not be a bad option for the skipper as he has enough international experience backing him for this role.

3. Marnus Labuschagne

Marnus had a dramatic debut in the Ashes after becoming the first concussion substitute and getting hit on his helmet on the very first ball.

Since then, he never looked back. Marnus has been one of the best batters not just amongst his mates but in world cricket over the last few years. Labuschagne has scored 1885 runs in 18 games at an average of 60.80. The 26-year-old seems to be a perfect prospect for Australia's long-term captain, even in limited-over cricket.

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