The Australian cricket team has been going through a turbulent time in the field ever since the suspension on Steve Smith and David Warner in South Africa after the ball tampering scandal. The Baggy Greens under the leadership of wicket keeper batsman Tim Paine struggled in the longest format of the game, which saw them lose the series at home against Kohli’s Indian side, which was followed by an ODI series defeat as well.
Former Aussie wicket keeper turned expert – Ian Healy believes that Tim Paine has done a remarkable job as captain of the team in difficult circumstances, irrespective of the end result, as handling the pressure from keeping – behind the stumps, while giving decisions eventually takes the toll on a player. Henceforth, Healy suggested that it’s best that the captaincy returns to Steve Smith as soon as he’s back, in order to cool off the pressure from Paine’s shoulders.
“I think Painey has done a fantastic job and I think he will be able to last the ban of Steve Smith, but that might do him,” Healy was quoted saying by agencies, ahead of the first Test against Sri Lanka at the Gabba which kicks off on Wednesday.
“That’s when he’ll be really tired. It’ll be very interesting to find out after that Indian series just how tired he was. How he felt the days after that and how long it took to recalibrate. I don’t think you can do it long term, especially when you’ve got candidates in your side who are just as capable of doing that leadership role, “Healy further added.
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