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.