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SportComment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again

00:27  12 september  2019
00:27  12 september  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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Former captain Steve Smith , left, and current captain Tim Paine speak during the fourth Ashes test in That's what you've got to try to do as a captain – manufacture a wicket every now and again – and Paine The subject of the Australian captaincy has lingered in the background with Steve Smith

Australia ’s Steve Smith just became eligible to lead his country again (Mike Egerton/PA). The 35-year-old later clarified his comment related to “the next Australian captain ” and Paine had started his day with some bad news when he discovered his car had been broken into and his wallet stolen.

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Tim Paine deserves an enormous amount of credit for how Australia fought back from the shock and disappointment of Headlingley to clinch the Ashes. There was plenty of criticism of him but he’s answered the knockers magnificently and led the side brilliantly in the fourth Test.

Not only did he get his players thinking about the next game, rather than what could have been, but he marshalled his bowlers expertly when the pressure was on. Moves such as bringing on Marnus Labuschagne on to bowl towards the end of the fifth day were the kind of tactical decisions that won Australia the match.

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Smith became eligible to captain Australia again days ago after his two-year ban following the The 35-year-old later clarified his comment related to “the next Australian captain ” and said he would Paine had started his day with some bad news when he discovered his car had been broken into and

Paine stepped up to replace Smith as skipper following his suspension and although the 35-year-old is in the twilight of his career, he has no intention of standing down just yet. The wicketkeeper would back Smith should he get another chance to lead Australia , but believes there are alternative options for

That’s what you’ve got to try to do as a captain – manufacture a wicket every now and again – and Paine has fittingly received a lot of praise for how Australia got over the line on a pretty flat pitch at Old Trafford.

Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again © AFP PHOTO/OLI SCARFF Australia's captain Tim Paine (L) and Australia's Steve Smith. In the process he has done the selectors a real favour. If there was any uncertainty about him continuing to the home summer you’d like to think it has been erased. The last thing the panel would want to do is have to change their leader and wicketkeeper in the next six months.

The subject of the Australian captaincy has lingered in the background with Steve Smith suspended from all leadership positions until next March, but it would be great if Paine can go on until at least then, and potentially another year or more beyond that point, too.

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Paine stepped up to replace Smith as skipper following his suspension and although the 35-year-old is in the twilight of his career, he has no intention of standing down just yet. The wicketkeeper would back Smith should he get another chance to lead Australia , but believes there are alternative options for

Australian captain Tim Paine has addressed speculation over whether Steve Smith will again lead the team once a ban ends in March, saying he would be fully supportive if it happens “one day”. Smith skippered the team until he was suspended for 12 months over a brazen attempt under his watch to

I believe Smith will captain Australia again. 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.

I’ve seen some of the commentary since the fourth Test, including the opinion of Steve Harmison that Smith can’t be forgiven and will always be remembered for what happened in South Africa. It seems a lot of people passing judgment have forgotten about others who have transgressed with ball tampering in the past or crossed the line various times in the game.

Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Man of the moment: Steve Smith Smith did the wrong thing but the time he served out of the game as player, and the longer suspension on him being a captain, is more than enough punishment.

To me it’s not a matter of whether he becomes captain again on April 1. It doesn’t have to happen that quickly 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.

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Smith 's two-year leadership ban following the ball-tampering scandal has elapsed and he is now eligible to succeed Tim Paine as Test skipper. However, Baggy Greens legend Warne says Paine - who steered Australia to an Ashes-retaining 2-2 draw in England last summer - should keep his job

Steve Smith is eligible to captain Australia again with his leadership ban following the Tim Paine is Australia 's current Test captain , steering the side to a 2-2 Ashes draw in England last summer "It's obviously not looking likely at the moment," Smith , set to captain Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, told

It’s a tough gig and with the scrutiny we put on our leaders now you see a lot of people shy away from such roles because there is so much hard work involved. But I think Smith will probably be keen to do it and I don’t believe the additional responsibility of captaincy would affect him dominating with the bat, as he has done in this series. It never seemed to worry him in the past.

As for Warner, I would be inclined to leave him out of the fifth Test side. That doesn’t mean putting a line through him for good – his record of 21 Test hundreds and an average of more than 45 suggests he’s still got a lot to give. But if you look at Warner’s record in England, averaging less than 28, and with Stuart Broad having his number in this series, there is an opportunity to go a different way at The Oval.

I agree with what Smith has been saying, that the England bowlers have been performing better against left-handers than right-handers, so I think you could bring back Cameron Bancroft to open, with Usman Khawaja, in a brand new partnership.

It would be almost a free selection for the panel because no one who’s played in the top order aside from Smith and Marnus Labuschagne has done anything to demand inclusion. Another option for selectors would be to play Warner in the middle order and perhaps leave out Travis Head, but he’s a leader in the side so I think they would be reluctant to do that.

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Could Steve Smith ever captain Australia again ? That is a question that took on new relevance on Sunday after Smith 's two-year leadership ban ended. Smith , David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were suspended from cricket after a ball-tampering scandal on the 2018 tour of South Africa.

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I remember when I had my bad run out of outs in 1997, it was said that I was batting too long, scratching around for 40 balls and not making too many runs. With Warner you almost don’t know what sort of form he’s in because he’s getting out so quickly, not lasting many balls at all. But Australia have subsequently been left two-for-not-many time and again.

I’d like to see Australia play the same bowlers from the last Test; it’d be great if Pat Cummins could play all five matches, but my concern has been for Nathan Lyon, who split his finger in the first innings at Old Trafford. I’m not sure Australia want to be playing him if he can’t hold onto the ball.

Despite Australia having retained the Ashes, it’s certainly not a dead rubber. It will be up to Paine to get his team up for the new challenge of winning the series. If I was in that side I would feel Australia deserves to end up on top. They could easily be up 3-0 so a drawn series wouldn’t be the right result.

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Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
Comment: Paine has mandate to lead but Smith should captain Australia again
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