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Lyon talks about the next captain for Australia's Test squad
With Tim Paine stepping away from the Australian Test captaincy, the role is up for grabs. Veteran Nathan Lyon believes Steven Smith and Pat Cummins are strong candidates. Both players were interviewed for the Australian skipper role.
Lyon is the most experienced player in the Aussie squad. This experience matters because he will have to be one of the players they consult when coming up with a decision about who’s the next captain.
The Test squad is one of the biggest responsibilities in the cricket world but Lyon believes Smith and Cummins are the two top choices. Lyon himself has played under Cummins at New South Wales.
Lyon said, ‘Playing under Pat at New South Wales cricket in the one-day set up last year, I think he did a really good job, to be honest with you. I know it’s going to be a different kettle of fish, but he’s got a lot of senior players around him to support Pat if he does get the nod’.
Smith himself was once the skipper for the Aussies. He was removed from the role because of the ball-tampering scandal in 2018. Now, he’s ready to come back to the role three years later. He was banned from captaincy but it was lifted in 2020. Paine still held the post for a long time but recent news has forced him to step down.
Lyon thinks that Smith would be a great choice especially since he already has experience with the role. The Aussies need to improve and getting Smith back might be the move they’ve needed.
Lyon said, ‘But when you look at Seve Smith, I think Smithy is up there with the best batters in the world. He’s got a great cricket mind and I’ve no dramas with both of them putting their hand up for the captaincy’.
It will be an interesting debate between the two players because they both fit the role. Smith is the more likely choice but it is up to the cricket board if they want to run it back with the former captain. If they don’t want to do it again, Cummins has been primed for the role for the longest time.
Words: Cholo Martin