It has been nearly three years since the scandal in South Africa and the culprits of the incident – Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were given their sentences (12 months ban for Smith and Warner, 6-month ban for Bancroft).
Former England captain Michael Vaughan said that while Smith’s T20 form does not justify him being named as captain, Australia should definitely use him as a captain in ODIs and Tests.
“But if there was ever an opportunity with Finch in the 50-over game or Tim Paine in Test cricket – and Paine will certainly lead Australia up to the next year’s Ashes. But if Paine or Finch picks an injury, I have no question in my mind that Steve Smith should be named as the captain,” Michael Vaughan added.
“Keeping him out due to the Cape Town situation which happened many, many years ago – I don’t understand that. If they think that he is a better player by not being a captain and he is a better individual not to have the added responsibility, I would accept that. But you only need to see what he did with the bat when he was the captain and he was firing on all cylinders.
“He is not an individual whose captaincy affects his batting. It is just about figuring out who is the better leader in the group, who is the better tactician, who could help Australia with a tactical change in the middle. I think Steve Smith probably would.
“I think they are overthinking it – they are looking at what happened a few years ago – and thinking if everyone has moved on. Of course, everyone has moved on from ball tampering incident – we have all forgotten it. The game moves on really fast. If there is an opportunity arises in ODIs or Tests, then Steve Smith definitely be Australia captain,” Vaughan signed off.
(With Input From DNA)