Sport A return to captaincy for Smith? CA boss talks up Paine, Finch

06:50  24 october  2019
06:50  24 october  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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Smith is free to return to the Australian set up for next year's World Cup and Ashes in England, but cannot fill a leadership position again until the end of March 2019. Taylor, who was this weekend floated as a potential future chairman of the CA board, said he expected Smith to be captain again.

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Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts has intimated that Steve Smith was not guaranteed to automatically grab the captaincy back in any of the three national sides as soon as his leadership ban expired.

Roberts reiterated that Smith was not eligible to become an Australian captain until March, as a condition of the fallout from the ball-tampering fiasco in South Africa last year, and flatly ruled out any chance of him assuming a leadership position this summer.

Ricky Ponting, Mark Taylor and coach Justin Langer all believe Smith will captain his country again eventually, but Roberts was so happy with the jobs that incumbent Test captain Tim Paine and white-ball counterpart Aaron Finch have been doing in Smith’s stead, he didn’t foresee a change in those positions anytime soon.

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“It’s important that we crawl before we walk and acknowledge that there’s no one in Australian cricket other than Tim Paine that could’ve led the Australian men’s Test team the way he has over the last 18-plus months - out of crisis [and] into a position of relative strength and improving all the time having retained the Ashes and hoping to win the upcoming series against Pakistan and New Zealand,” Roberts told SEN on Thursday.

“So given Tim’s outstanding leadership, what I would say at this point in time is we’re not reviewing his position as captain.

“We’re excited and grateful that we’ve got him as our leader for this coming season and we’ll address the other matters with Steve when the time comes.

“Aaron did a fantastic job of captaining the ODI team in the World Cup, and prior to that, and the good news is we’re feeling really good about the leaders that we have now.”

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As Steven Smith torpedoed his own captaincy with the ball tampering scandal, the Tasmanian has At the time, Paine wasn't even the first-choice wicketkeeper for Tasmania, a job that had been taken Paine himself has said he had considered giving up professional cricket at the end of 2016 to move to

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Roberts stressed that Smith’s chances of captaining Australia again would be reliant on the cricket public endorsing his re-appointment – something that shouldn’t be too hard to achieve if he continued the incredible form he displayed in this year’s Ashes series.

The international summer kicks off on Sunday when Australia faces Sri Lanka in the first of three Twenty20s at Adelaide Oval.

Chris Lynn’s omission from the squad raised eyebrows and the Big Bash superstar further inflamed the situation when he claimed he didn’t receive a phone call from selectors.

But Langer told SEN on Wednesday that he had spoken to Lynn about his non-selection and while Roberts backed up the Australian coach’s version of events, he still conceded CA could improve communication with its players.

“We have been clear with him [Lynn], I believe, in terms of where he stands,” Roberts said.

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Regular captain Steve Smith and vice- captain David Warner are suspended for 12 months for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal. Finch was the hot favourite to take the reins of both teams. "It's an interim position and I'm not exactly sure which way they're going to look or what the long-term

Aaron Finch is game to captain Australia once again, should the selectors come calling. Tim Paine - barely into a comeback into international cricket - became Australia's 46th Test captain last month and now Such as the two spots that have opened up with Smith and Warner suspended for 12 months.

“Where we can be clearer is having a lot more clarity around our commitment to communicate with players, what communication can they expect and when, and then have players buy into that so that when this situation emerges again, not only can Just Langer say, ‘Hey, the communication has occurred with Chris’, but he can say, ‘Hey, our commitment to communication in these circumstances is X-Y-Z, and Chris is aware that we’ve done that’.”

Australia are ranked fifth in the world for Twenty20s and Roberts agreed the time had come for the team to improve in that format with the country hosting the Twenty20 World Cup next year.

Australia have failed to win it from six attempts, and made one final in 2010.

“What we’ve got to do is just have really good plans, not get ahead of ourselves and focus too much on the results but focus on our method,” he said. “What is it that we need to be doing better.”

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