Wicketkeeper-batsman, Matthew Wade reckons that Steve Smith will be a successful captain if he is given the leadership again. Cricket Australia banned Steve Smith along with David Warner and Cameron Bancroft for their participation in the infamous ball-tampering saga in March 2018 in South Africa.
Smith was handed a year ban from cricket, and another year from the captaincy role. As Smith’s captaincy ban has ended, the question which the board faces is whether to give him captaincy back or let Tim Paine and Aaron Finch continue with their roles.
Under Finch, Australia beat India in an ODI series in India last year and reached the semi-final of the World Cup. Tim Paine led his side to regain the Ashes in England for the first time in 18 years along with home series victories against Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and New Zealand.
Smith has plenty of say in the decision making: Matthew Wade
Matthew Wade opines that the Australian team currently has plenty of captains in their team: regular captain, Aaron Finch; former captain, Steve Smith; Wade himself who is leading the side in the T20Is against India in Finch’s absence, and Moises Henriques as well, who leads the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League. He revealed that they all work together during a discussion.
As quoted by Hindustan Times, Matthew Wade said, “We have so many good leaders, I have been given the captaincy but we have got Smith, we have got Moises (Henriques), who captains his BBL team. We have guys with a lot of experience, there is a lot of discussions among the seniors but we are all working together.”
The left-hander added that Steve Smith, being the experienced batsman and former captain, has plenty of say in the decisions they make. He maintains that Smith has been a great captain for the Oz and is confident that the right-hander will once again be successful if the leadership armband is given to him.
“It is not me driving the field, obviously Finchy (Aaron Finch) is our captain and we all work together when he plays well. So Smith has plenty of say, he has been a great captain for a long time and he will do a great job if he gets an opportunity,” Matthew Wade added.
Opening the innings in place of Aaron Finch, Wade smashed a 32-ball 58 against India in the second T20I. However, it wasn’t enough as India chased down the target with a couple of balls to spare.
After winning the ODI series by 2-1, the hosts have conceded the T20I series by losing two games, and the third and last match is on Wednesday.