“I would have made captain Steve Smith, he’s one of the best on the team”: Mark Waugh before the first Test against India – cricket

Former batman Mark Waugh believes Steve Smith has repented enough for his role in the ball handling scandal and should be awarded the Australian Test captaincy after the retirement of current Tim Paine.

Smith was removed from the captaincy due to his involvement in the 2018 scandal, which also led to a review of the culture of the winning Australian team at all costs.

However, ahead of the four-match series against India, there were discussions and debates as to whether it was time to return Smith to the post of captain after Matthew Wade was made second-place commander in the second T20I in the absence of an injured Aaron Finch. .

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“I would have made Steve Smith captain. He is one of the best players on the team, so he will always be chosen on the team, “Waugh told Fox Sports’ Heavy Roller Podcast.

“In addition, he has led Australia for several years. He has a great cricket brain and I think he’s a leader, so why not? “Smith led Australia in 34 tests, 51 ODIs and 8 T20Is between 2015 and 2018, before being banned for a year for the emerald scandal that took place in Cape Town two years ago.

“I know a lot of people are saying why he should be captain again? But the mastery of the crime was paid for how minor I thought it was, “Waugh said.

“He paid his penance there, so he returned to the captain. I think he’s a pretty good captain. However, spin legend Shane Warne believes Smith’s time as captain is over and he should focus only on gathering runs for the country.

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“I wouldn’t do it (make him captain), I think Steve Smith spent his time. I would go with someone else as captain. Steve Smith we want to beat and beat, “said Warne.

“I think I let him beat and play. His time was. For me, it has nothing to do with the problems in South Africa. I think it’s time for someone else. ”

Recently, former Australian bully Adam Gilchrist backed Smith, saying there was no reason why he should not be allowed to be captain again.