- Mark Waugh said – Atonement Smith should get the captaincy
- Now they should focus on batting: Shane Warne
- The captaincy was withdrawn after the 2018 ball tampering case
Former batsman Mark Waugh believes Steve Smith has atoned for his role in the ball tampering case and should be reinstated as captain of the Australian Australian cricket team following the retirement of Tim Payne. Former leg-spinner Shane Warne, on the other hand, believes Smith’s captaincy days are over.
Smith was removed from the captaincy after a 2018 ball tampering case. He was also banned for a year. Before the four-Test series against India, there is a debate over whether Smith should be given the captaincy again.
Matthew Wade was made captain in the second T20 match while Aaron Finch was injured. “I would have made Smith the captain,” Waugh said in Fox Sports’ heavy roller podcast. He is one of the best players in the team and he will always be selected in the team. He has been the captain of Australia for many years and has a great understanding of cricket.
Smith has captained Australia in 34 Tests, 51 ODIs and 8 T20I matches between 2015 and 2018. Waugh said, ‘I know a lot of people will say why he should be made captain again. But I think he has atoned for his mistake. He has been a good captain and should be rebuilt.
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At the same time Shane Warne believes Smith’s captaincy days are over and he should now focus on batting. He said, ‘I will not make him captain. His time has passed. I wish someone else would be the captain. Smith should focus his attention on batting. It has nothing to do with the issue of ball tampering in South Africa. I believe now is the time to make someone else captain.