Australian cricket coach Justin Langer said there was “no captaincy position available” in any form of the men’s game.
Australian cricket coach Justin Langer says there is “no captaincy position available” in any form of the men’s game.
Langer threw his support behind current Test skipper Tim Paine and ODI/T20 captain Aaron Finch, ahead of a bumper 2021 which features both an Ashes series and the T20 World Cup.
The captaincy question has become a public debate again this week after former skipper Steve Smith, who served a 12-month ban for his role in ‘Sandpaper-gate’, said he was keen to lead the side again.
“We have two very good captains and two important competitions coming up, an Ashes and a World Cup,” Langer told the ABC in an interview yesterday.
“Our future looks good … despite the media chatter there is no captaincy position available.”
There have been plenty of fans agitating for Smith’s return to the captaincy, and the player himself has waded strongly into the debate for the first time since serving his suspension.
“I guess now I’ve got to a point where if the opportunity did come up again I would be keen,” Smith told News Corp.
“If it was what Cricket Australia wanted and it was what was best for the team at the time, it’s certainly something I would be interested in.”
Smith famously lost the captaincy after the sandpaper scandal in South Africa in 2018.
“I’m always going to have to live with Cape Town regardless of whether I lead again or not. It’s always there,” he said.
Australia will be determined to keep the urn on home soil in the summer, after a 2-2 draw in the United Kingdom in 2019 was enough to retain the trophy.
But before that campaign, Australia will attempt to win the T20 World Cup for the first time since its inception.
The tournament will be held in India, after being pushed back a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, the proposed 2021 tournament in Australia and New Zealand was also pushed back to 2022.
“It has been a challenging time for everyone,” Cricket Australia interim CEO Nick Hockley said in a statement when that decision was announced.
“This decision gives Australia something to look forward to in 2022. It also gives us a good chance of safely welcoming fans into the outstanding venues across the country to enjoy watching the world’s best cricketers compete in this major global event.”
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