Steve Smith should captain Australia again once Tim Paine's time is up: Ricky Ponting
Steve Smith will be eligible to lead Australia once again from April next year (Reuters Photo)
- Steve Smith was banned from captaincy for 2 years by CA after the ball-tampering scandal in March, 2018
- Smith has already served out his one-year ban and returned to international cricket in the 2019 World Cup
- "I certainly hope Steve Smith does captain Australia again," Paine recently said in an interview
The current Australian captain wants it, former skipper Ricky Ponting wants it, but will Cricket Australia agree? The question which is on the minds of every Aussie cricket fan is - will Steve Smith get another chance to lead the national team?.
Steve Smith was barred from taking charge of the team for two years by Cricket Australia after the ball-tampering scandal in 2018. The 30-year-old has already served his one-year ban and made a successful return to international cricket earlier this year during the World Cup in England.
Smith then made his Test return in the Ashes where he broke records for fun with the bat, scoring 774 runs in four matches as Australia retained the urn with the series ending in a 2-2 draw.
Ricky Ponting now thinks it is time for Smith to have another go at captaincy as he is the best man for the job, but only when Tim Paine's time is up. Paine has often been criticised for his poor form with the bat and questions have been raised about his position in the team.
"It's the million-dollar question: when Steve Smith's ban is up will he go straight back into the captaincy or will he not?.
"To be honest I think it's up to Tim how long he plays. He's the best keeper in the world. Whether that's as captain or not that's up to the hierarchy at Cricket Australia to make that decision. I've been on record already -- when Tim's time is up I'd like to see Steve Smith have another go," Ponting told 7NEWS.
"I think he probably feels like there's unfinished business there as far as his captaincy's concerned. He's got to want to do it and obviously then the authorities have to say yes or no."
The former Australian skipper also exuded confidence that Smith's batting performance will not be hindered if he asked to lead the side again.
"If he's captain again I don't think it'll hinder his batting at all. If it's the right thing for the team to have him captain we'll win more games as a result of that."
Paine, who became the first Aussie captain to retain the Ashes urn on English soil after 18 years, also backed Smith to return as captain.
"I'm enjoying having the job at the moment... and I certainly hope Steve Smith does captain Australia again one day, and if he does, I'll be fully supportive of it," Paine told the Daily Telegraph.