Steve Smith will lead Australia again: Mark Taylor
Former Australia captain Mark Taylor reckons that it is time for Steve Smith to switch next gear as he backed him to lead Australia again after his flamboyant Ashes exploits. Mark Taylor clearly thinks that Steve Smith deserves a second chance.
The latter was banned for a year as he altered the ball with sandpaper under his captaincy during a Cape Town Test and because of which he was slapped with further 12-month suspension from any leadership role which comes to a close the end of March next year.
While wicketkeeper Tim Paine took upon the responsibility in Tests and won praise for the way he steered the side retain the Ashes at Old Trafford last weekend.
Tim Paine will be 35 this December and Usman Khawaja and Travis Head have been viewed as potential future skippers, but they didn’t do well in England.
“I believe Smith will captain Australia again,” Mark Taylor said in a column for the Sydney Morning Herald.
“I was on the Cricket Australia board that determined the penalties for Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft over the events of Cape Town and have no doubt he will be a better leader next time around because of the very harsh lessons he learnt.”
“To me, it’s not a matter of whether he (Smith) becomes captain again on April 1. It doesn’t have to happen that quickly,” he said.
“But I’d like to think when Paine is finished as Test captain — whether that’s in six months’ time or two or three years — he would be a candidate to lead the side again.”
Another former captain, Ian Chappell, has also supported Steve Smith to assume the role.
“I think the problem for Australia will be there’s no one else I can see to captain that side,” he said recently, while Ponting stated he “wouldn’t have any problem with it at all”.
“If the hierarchy at Cricket Australia have an issue with him ever being captain again, they would have given him a life ban, wouldn’t they?” Ponting said last month.