Smith gets captaincy again ..? Australian veterans disagree – should Steve Smith be named Australia captain? Mark Waugh and Shane Warne have differing opinions

Story highlights

  • Mark Waugh said – Atonement Smith should get the captaincy
  • Now they should focus on batting: Shane Warne
  • The captaincy ended after the 2018 ball tampering case

Former batsman Mark Waugh has expressed confidence that Steve Smith’s role in the ball tampering case has been atoned for and that he will return to captain the Australian cricket team after Tim Payne’s retirement. Former leg-spinner Shane Warne, on the other hand, believes Smith’s captaincy days are over.

Smith was removed from the captaincy after the 2018 ball tampering case. He was also banned for a year. There is talk of re-appointing Smith as captain before the four-Test series against India.

Aaron Ron Finch was injured when Matthew Wade was named captain in the second T20 match. “I would have made Smith the captain,” Waugh said in Fox Sports’ heavy roller podcast. He is one of the best players on the team and he will always be selected in the team. He has captained Australia for many years and has a lot of knowledge about 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 tell him why he wants to be captain again. But I think he has atoned for his mistake. He’s a great captain and should make it again.

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Shane Warne, meanwhile, believes Smith’s captaincy days are over and he should focus on batting now. He said, ‘I won’t make him captain. His time is gone. I want someone to 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 it’s time to make someone else captain.