The former Australian wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist has opined that a player like Steve Smith should be the captain of Australia in every sense. According to Gilchrist, Smith deserves a second chance to prove his captaincy for Australia once again.
Gilchrist believes if not the captaincy Steve Smith should be vice-captain for Australia. In an interaction with Fox Cricket, Gilchrist said –
”I see no reason why someone shouldn’t have a second chance and if part of that is the captaincy for Steve Smith. If he’s the right guy and the most obvious candidate, I can’t see a reason why he shouldn’t be allowed to do it. If Cricket Australia and the selectors feel that way, and Steve Smith is keen to do it, I think they should make him vice-captain immediately”.
What’s wrong with Smith’s captaincy? – Adam Gilchrist
Steve Smith was banned after the ball-tampering incident in a match against South Africa in 2018. Steve Smith alongside David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were found culprits. After that, they have served the ban for a specific period. Since the return, Steve Smith and David Warner are in the red-hot form which was witnessed in Ashes 2019.
Adam Gilchrist said, there has to some clarification about the captaincy of Steve Smith. He added,
“And whenever those opportunities come up – when Painey (Paine) finishes when Finchy (Finch) finishes – he just assumes it like any normal, natural progression. It takes out all the speculation and allows Steve to know, everyone to know, what the journey is going to be. It allows the natural progression to happen without the speculation. By doing that it means that when the captaincy changes there is not all this hype and uncertainty around it and focus being taken away from the cricket. It just means everyone is clear that’s going to happen”, Adam added.
Earlier Michael Vaughan also came in support of Steve Smith. While Michael Clarke believes that Pat Cummins should take the captaincy role for Australia in a test. Pat Cummins is currently vice-captain of Australia’s test team.
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