With Smith and Warner, the two pillars of the Australian team now out from the scene , the pressure is on Cricket Australia to appoint someone as the captain of the Australian side. Now,hardly a year and a half is left for the 2019 Worldcup. The Australian cricket must now go for some concrete judgements .
The aftermath of sandpaper gate scandal resulted in Tim Paine being appointed as the team’s captain in the longer format of the game. It hasn’t been decided yet as to who might captain the side for the shorter formats.
Even if Smith’s ban is lifted before the start of 2019 Worldcup , he won’t be handed over the captaincy in the shorter formats with immediate effect.
Let us look at some of the contenders who can take up the mantle for the 2019 Worldcup.
Tim Paine – Current Captain of the Australian Test Team
Cricket is a highly unpredictable game , and there is one such incident to prove its unpredictability. Tim Paine , a man who was finding it hard to make a comeback to the squad is now the captain of the test side.
He made his debut in the longer format of the game way back in 2009. Wade’s poor performances in the test format , paved way for Tim Paine to get back into the squad. It hasn’t been decided yet as to who might captain the side for the shorter formats.
He became an overnight news after the sandpaper gate scandal. The ball tampering incident, resulted in Paine being appointed as the captain to lead the side in the longer formats.
His stint at captaincy might extend in the shorter formats as well until a replacement is found .
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Maxwell has time and again slammed his critics with crucial knocks at the ODI and T20 level .He has been with team for more than 6 years . Big Show , what his fans call him by , has matured over the last few years.
He has been involved in some sensible knocks in the shorter formats of the game . Maxwell has been a subject of criticism because of his unorthodox style of play. But in the recent times , he is probably one of the few players to have shown some tremendous growth with their play.
Maxwell has played 43 T20is and 81 ODIs for the kangaroos . He is the man of the hour , especially in T20 format of the game where he averages 34.58 with 2 centuries , strike rate of 165.69 , with high score of 145. The kind of progress that Maxwell has shown might soon earn him a leadership role in near future.
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Bailey is perhaps the best option for the captaincy position. He was the man behind the Worldcup 2015 victory. George Bailey was brought in as a replacement for the injury prone Michael Clarke . Bailey was the architect behind their victories when Australian team was under transition.
Bailey is a calm and composed player , a contradiction to the Australian attitude, who is often compared with the Indian Legend MS-Dhoni for his nature. He has been rarely involved in any sort of verbal feuds or sledging with the opposition players during the course of the game.
He had a decent performance in his short stint at captaincy. In ODI format – 16 wins in 29 matches and for the T20Is – 14 wins in 28 matches. It won’t be surprising to see Bailey back in the side , captaining the kangaroos in the 2019 Worldcup.
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Finch is a potential candidate who can be handed over the captaincy of the kangaroos. He is an aggressive right arm opener enjoys smashing the opponents in the shorter formats of the game . Though he has been more involved in the T20 formats , his contributions in the ODI can’t be neglected.
Aaron Finch hasn’t played in the longer formats till now . He would have to show some humongous progress at the domestic level to grab the selectors attention for his selection in the test squad.
If finch gets a chance to represent in the longer formats, then it might increase his chances of captaining the Australian side. He has also been the substitute captain for Australia on many occasions . His ability to build the partnerships from scratch and play for long innings have been an added advantage for their side.