Ind vs Aus 2nd T20 – Will Cricket Australia remind Steve Smith as captain? Aaron Finch has doubts about the injury in T20’s second leg against Australia and It is speculated whether Cricket Australia (CA) will recall Steve Smith as captain after two years. According to the Herald Sun report, Smith is the leader along with Mathew Wade.
Australian captain Finch injured his hip area on the Manuka Oval on Friday in the first T20.
“A bit of hip or buttock (buttock injury), I’m not sure at the moment” Finch said Fox Cricket. “It was getting worse as the game progressed, so I’m sure I’ll do a scan tomorrow and see how we’re doing.” Cricket Australia awaits its study results before making a final decision on the matter.
Finch joins opening star David Warner (groin) and versatile Marcus Stoinis (side) on the injured list, with Warner in a race against time to be ready for the opening match in Adelaide. Vice Captain Pat Cummins rested ahead of the India Test franchise, and Smith and Matthew Wade are the only possible choice to replace Finch as captain.
Meanwhile, Nathan Lyon has also been called up to the Australian squad and may be competing for Swepson’s place to counterbalance Adam Zampa’s leg rotation. Josh Hazlewood has played all his matches with white balls so far, so he should probably 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 T20 performance under captain Steve Smith
Steve Smith was kicked for two years from his leadership role in the Australian team after the infamous “Sandpaper Gate” which was the Cape Town ball manipulation scandal. The former skipper received a captain’s hat in 2015. He remained the Australian T20 captain for a year in which he won four and lost the same number of matches.
Interestingly, before the start of the series, Australian selection chairman Trevor Hohns on Smith, who was entrusted with the role of captain in the test, said the batsman would be a contender if need be. “I can only answer this question that the discussion has not yet taken place. It’s hard to say, of course he will be – probably – a contender, but whether or not we go down this path depends on when it happens. “ said Trevor Hohns, Australian chairman of the selectors.
Given that, Smith certainly has a chance to return to his role as captain. In addition, it will also lead to Steve Smith rivaling Virat Kohli.