- Mark Waugh said – Atonement Smith, should get captaincy
- Now they should focus on batting: Shane Warne
- The captaincy was gone after the 2018 ball tampering case
Former batsman Mark Waugh believes that Steve Smith has atoned for his role in the ball tampering case and that he should get the captaincy of the Australian cricket team again after the retirement of Tim Paine. On the other hand, former leg-spinner Shane Warne believes the days of Smith’s captaincy were over.
Smith was removed from the captaincy after the 2018 ball tampering case. He was also banned for a year. Before the four-Test series against India, there is a debate whether Smith should be handed over the captaincy again.
Matthew Wade was named captain in the second T20 match when Aaron Finch was injured. Waugh said in Fox Sports ‘Heavy Roller Podcast,’ I would have made Smith the captain. He is one of the best players in the team and will always be selected in the team. He has been the captain of Australia for many years and he has a lot of understanding of cricket.
Smith has been the captain of Australia in 34 Tests, 51 ODIs and 8 T20 matches between 2015 and 2018. Waugh said, ‘I know many people will say why they should be made captain again. But I think he has atoned for his mistake. He has been a good captain and should be made again.
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At the same time, Shane Warne believes that the days of Smith’s captaincy are over and now he should focus on batting. He said, ‘I will not make him captain. His time has passed. I would like someone else to be the captain. Smith should focus his attention on batting. It has nothing to do with the ball tampering issue in South Africa. I believe that now is the time to make someone else captain.