Australian spinner Nathan Lyon said it was exciting to hear ace drummer Steve Smith talk about his desire to lead the country again. Earlier this week, Smith for the first time spoke openly about his desire to lead Australia again. The right-handed batsman was dismissed as captain following his involvement in the Sandpaper Gate fiasco during the Cape Town test against South Africa in March 2018. “It’s exciting that Smithy has said he wanted the job again. years, he learned a lot about himself … but also about his position as captain. For him to say he wants it, it’s exciting. He has obviously learned a lot and he feels he can do a great job again. wants it, in my eyes he can have it, ”Lyon told The Unplayable Podcast, reported by cricket.com.au.
“Tim (Paine) is the current captain and that’s how Tim wants to run the ship, and thanks to Smithy I think he’s been very respectful that way. There were times when Smithy was able to convey his knowledge – (he) has a great cricket brain and can see the game differently from most people, ”he added.
Since Australia lost the test series to India there have been calls to replace the skipper and Paine has faced severe criticism.
“I think that’s a great quality to have; when you have people like Smithy in your dressing room it can only help. I love playing under Painey. He’s up there with one of the best captains. I played under. With him being up there as the best goalkeeper in the world in my eyes, I want him to keep playing, especially with such a big Ashes streak just around the corner, ”said Lyon. .
“This time around, especially for the guys who only play test cricket, is going to allow us to get in shape, focus and make sure we’re ready for the summer. Painey has my full support. It’s not going anywhere in my eyes, ”he added.
However, hours after Smith spoke of being ready to lead the national team should the opportunity arise in the future, coach Justin Langer said the unit was in good hands with Paine (captain test) and Aaron Finch (white ball captain). .
“We have two very good captains and two important competitions coming up – an Ashes and a T20 World Cup. Our future looks bright,” Langer told the UKTN, as reported by Fox Sports.
“Despite the media chatter, no captain’s position is available,” he added.
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