Steve Smith is one of candidates for Test captaincy after selectors approach Cricket Australia | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Batting mainstay Steve Smith on Saturday emerged as one of the candidates for Australian Test captaincy after the selectors had reportedly approached the nation’s cricket board with a proposal handy over the reins to the previous skipper.
Though vice-captain Pat Cummins stays the frontrunner for the highest job, Smith is additionally within the reckoning, the nation’s cricket board stated following the resignation of Tim Paine from the highest job.
Paine stepped down from the publish on Friday after being investigated by Cricket Australia (CA) for sending specific messages to a feminine co-employee in 2017.
Paine succeeded Smith as captain in 2018 after the batter was banned from worldwide cricket for 12 months and suspended from management roles for two years for his position within the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal.
“There are a range of candidates who are available for that role, Steve Smith is one of the candidates that is available for the role,” stated CA chairman Richard Freudenstein throughout a digital press convention following Paine’s resignation.
Meanwhile, there are additionally speculations that the senior nationwide crew selectors are in favour of appointing Smith as skipper.
“It’s understood the selectors were interested in the idea of Smith being able to captain should an injury or similar occur to Tim Paine, with the proposal given the board’s approval,” ran a narrative quoting Herald Sun.
The high contender although, stays tempo spearhead Cummins.
“However, Smith could be appointed as vice-captain to support Cummins, who would be the first fast bowler to captain Australia since 1956, when Ray Lindwall held the role for a solitary Test.
“Smith was barred from holding a management place throughout the crew for two years after the occasions of Cape Town, with that ban elapsing over a yr in the past,” added on Saturday, a day after the Australian cricket was rocked by the Tim Paine “sexting” scandal.
The messages date back to 2017, months before Paine was recalled to the Test team after a seven-year absence and a joint Cricket Australia and Cricket Tasmania investigation cleared him at the time.
The development came weeks ahead of the five-Test Ashes series against traditional rivals England. The first Test begins in Brisbane on December 8.
Australia’s former chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns had said in November that Smith would probably be a contender to succeed Paine.

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