Australia succumbed to its second consecutive home Test series loss to India, as the latter retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Australia has been led by Tim Paine on both occasions, while there are talks of him being replaced, as Steve Smith re-emerges as a potential candidate.
Australia came up with a decent performance, but not enough, as it succumbed to yet another home Test series loss to India. The latter retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy by winning the series 2-1.
Australia was being backed to pull this one through, especially following a resounding start to the series, drubbing India in the opening day-night Adelaide Test, where it skittled the visitor for its lowest Test total of 36. Also, with injuries piling for India, Australia seemed to be getting confident. However, the Indians still managed to pull it through.
Furthermore, Australian skipper, Tim Paine was slammed for his poor leadership and decision-making skills, while other candidates like David Warner and Steve Smith are being backed to take over the role. The duo was banned from leadership activities in the wake of the infamous ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town, in 2018.
Meanwhile, Australian legend, Ian Chappell feels that Australia might have no choice, but have Smith back at the helm. "Yeah sure, he might get the captaincy again, but I think it's only going to be in the circumstances where there's not much other choice," he told Wide World of Sports.
"Why aren't Smith and Warner in the same category? If Smith only gets a 12-month on captaincy, why doesn't Warner only get that? Or if Warner gets a lifetime ban on captaincy, why doesn't Smith? Because Smith's crime in my eyes was greater than Warner's," he wondered.
Chappell also pondered on the talks of Pat Cummins replacing Paine as the skipper, wondering if Australia was really short on candidates. "I've got the greatest admiration for Pat, not just the way he bowls, but the way he plays the game. But, I'd be very wary of loading him up with any more responsibility. But, where the hell else do you go?" he questioned.
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Last Updated Jan 21, 2021, 7:01 PM IST