Ind vs Aus 2nd T20 – Will Cricket Australia recall Steve Smith as captain? Aaron Finch is doubtful with injury for 2nd T20 game against Australia and it is being speculated if Cricket Australia (CA) will be recalling Steve Smith as captain after two years. According to Herald Sun report, Smith is the front runner along with Mathew Wade.
The Australian skipper Finch had suffered an injury to his hip region at Manuka Oval on Friday at the 1st T20.
“A bit of a hip or a glute (buttock injury), I’m not sure at the moment,” Finch told Fox Cricket. “It got progressively worse throughout the game so I’m sure I’ll have a scan tomorrow and see how we go.” Cricket Australia are awaiting results of his scan before taking a final call on the matter.
Finch joins star opener David Warner (groin) and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis (side) on the injured list, with Warner in a race against time to be fit for the opening Test match in Adelaide. With vice-captain Pat Cummins rested ahead of the India Test series, Smith along with Matthew Wade are the only possible choice to replace Finch as the captain.
Meanwhile Nathan Lyon also has been drafted into the Australian squad and could challenge for Swepson’s spot to offer a counterbalance to Adam Zampa’s legspin. Josh Hazlewood has played all the white-ball matches so far so he might be due a rest.
Australia (possible) 1 Aaron Finch/D’Arcy Short, 2 Matthew Wade, 3 Steven Smith, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 Moises Henriques, 6 Alex Carey (wk), 7 Sean Abbott, 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Mitchell Swepson/Nathan Lyon, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood
Ind vs Aus: Australia’s performance in T20 under Steve Smith’s captaincy
Steve Smith was banned for two years from a leadership role in the Aussie team following the infamous “Sandpaper gate”, which was ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town. The former skipper was given the captaincy hat in 2015. He remained the Australian T20 captain for a year in which his he won four and lost as many of games.
Interestingly, before the series started, Australia’s chairman of selectors, Trevor Hohns on Smith being given the captain’s role in Test had said that the batsman will be a contender if a need arises. “All I can answer to that one is that discussion hasn’t been had yet. That’s difficult to say, he will obviously be – probably – a contender but whether we go down that path or not depends on when that arises,” Trevor Hohns, Australia’s chairman of selectors, has said.
Taking this into account Smith certainly stands a chance to return to the captain’s role. Furthermore it will also ensue the Steve Smith vs Virat Kohli rivalry.