Sport Gilchrist backs Smith to return as captain

09:25  11 december  2019
09:25  11 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

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" As captain , Steve Smith must take full responsibility for the actions of his players and it is Former Test vice- captain Adam Gilchrist told BBC Radio 5 live he was "stunned and shocked Former England captain Michael Vaughan criticised the "pathetic penalties" handed down to Smith and

Adam Gilchrist believes Tim Paine is still the best available wicketkeeper and captain for Australia's Test team. Speaking at an event in Mumbai, Gilchrist rated Paine as being "on par with anyone in the world as gloveman", and said he has done a "wonderful job [ as captain ]" since he took over from

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 14: Steve Smith of Australia poses during an Australian media session at The Gabba on December 14, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. © Chris Hyde/Getty Images BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 14: Steve Smith of Australia poses during an Australian media session at The Gabba on December 14, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. Adam Gilchrist has declared Steve Smith fit to succeed Tim Paine as captain with the former skipper having repaid his dues following the ball-tampering scandal.

Gilchrist, who captained Australia six times, expects the pressure to begin to mount on Paine, 35, with Alex Carey considered a future Test wicketkeeper.

Thursday's opener against New Zealand will mark the start of the last Test series Australia play during Smith's leadership ban, which ends in late March.

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Read about Adam Gilchrist 's Profile, Latest News, Articles, Career updates only on ESPNcricinfo.com. As Australia's 41st Test captain he found the extra burden tiring, and was happy for Ricky Ponting to step in once Steve Waugh retired.

Just as Gilchrist's own first-class and one-day runs put pressure on gloveman Ian Healy two decades ago, Carey is doing the same to Paine.

Carey has scored two centuries this Sheffield Shield season off a solid World Cup, averaging 71.61 for South Australia this summer.

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Paine's Test average of 30.97 is the third highest of all Australian 'keepers and in Gilchrist's eyes he is one of the world's best behind the stumps.

"It's almost like deja vu - not for him, but for me - when you've got a guy like Alex Carey nipping at his heels," Gilchrist, a Fox Cricket commentator, said.

"If there's someone else who is showing signs of doing something a little bit better and can add a bit more value to the team (with batting). That's where the pressure comes on.

"His wicketkeeping seems to be extremely consistent ... as is Tim Paine's. But Carey is now starting to really accumulate important runs in first-class cricket, so that is going to really put pressure on him."

Paine has previously said this summer could be his last, but insisted on Wednesday he'd given it no further thought.

Gilchrist has been impressed by Paine's leadership following the ball-tampering scandal, and believes he should remain captain while in the team.

But he said when the time is needed for a man to replace him, Smith had repaid his dues and was ready to return to the role with Pat Cummins the other option.

"If he (Smith) wants to do it and they feel he's right to do it maybe that would be the right move for the team," Gilchrist said.

"The public either think these guys are bad guys or good guys who did something bad and have been forgiven.

"There's still a section who go they cheated. You'll never appease their mindset. They've done everything they needed to do. Smithy's well and truly done it."

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