Australian cricket went into limbo in 2019 following the infamous ball-tampering act involving skipper Steven Smith, deputy David Warner and Cameron Bancroft. The three players including the captain were suspended for 12 months before Warner and Smith made a roaring return in mid 2019.
Tim Paine, who was handed over the responsibility in the interim, has been a likeable figure while also fulfilling his captaincy responsibilities with aplomb.
Australia bounced back to retain the Ashes in England last year and finished the home season with some excellent returns. On the back of this, former skipper Ricky Ponting has opined that reinstating Smith would be disastrous for Australian cricket.
“If Cricket Australia had thought he would have never done it again, they would have put a black line through his name right from the start, but they’ve left that option open,” Ponting told news.com.au.
“The public sentiment certainly has changed, and that’ll be the interesting thing to see,” Ponting said.
“It’ll be if the Australian public are willing to allow him to come back and be captain again, because if Cricket Australia made that announcement that he’s going to be captain and it didn’t sit well with the public, then it’ll be an absolute disaster.”
About the debate surrounding home Test venues, Ponting was adamant that he would want the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.
I’d love to see Cricket Australia do everything in their powers to try and ensure that the Boxing Day Test does stay in Melbourne.
“All the venues around Australia are brilliant, and they’re all unique in their own different way. Adelaide is one of the best places that I’ve been to to watch or play cricket, certainly over the last 4-5 years since they’ve renovated the stadium. I’m sure they’ll have their hand up, as will Perth and Brisbane. Everyone will be throwing their hat in the ring.
“I just hope that things have improved enough in Victoria that it doesn’t move.”
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