Nathan Lyon backs Tim Paine for Captaincy’s role but lends support to Steve Smith.
Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon backs current Australian Test skipper Tim Paine for the Captiancy’s role but he is excited that Steve Smith is very keen to take the leadership role in the longest format of the game.
A Couple of days ago Steve Smith said that he is keen to don the leadership role once again. Cricket Australia (CA) had stripped Steve Smith from the leadership role over his involvement in the famous ball-tampering incident in 20218 against South Africa.
Steve Smith had led Australia in 34 test matches and winning 18 matches from those. 18 wins from the 34 Test matches makes Steve Smith is the fourth most successful leader for his country.
“It’s exciting that Smithy has said he wants the job again,” Lyon told The Unplayable Podcast. “I think over the last couple of years he’s learned a lot about himself … but also about his captaincy as well. Nathan Lyon said as saying by cricket.com.au.
“For him to come out and say that he wants it is exciting. He’s obviously learnt a lot and feels like he can do a great job again.”
“If he wants it, in my eyes he can have it.”
Nathan Lyon also tells that it created some awkward moments upon Steve Smith’s return to the national side as Tim Paine handling the Captaincy role.
“Tim is the current captain and this is the way Tim wants to run the ship, and credit to Smithy I think he’s been very respectful in that way,” Lyon said. “There’s been times where Smithy has been able to pass on his knowledge – (he) has a great cricket brain and can see the game different to most people.
“I think that’s a great quality to have; when you’ve got people like Smithy in your changeroom it can only help you.” Lyon further added.
Tim Paine came under some scrutiny after a series loss to India last summer. Team India defeated Australia by 2-1 and regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
In Tim Paine Captaincy, the Australian Cricket team drew the series by 2-2 (Ashes series) and retain the urn on away soil for the first time since 2001.
“With him being up there as the best ‘keeper in the world in my eyes, I want him to keep playing, especially with such a big Ashes series just around the corner,” he added.
“This time off, especially for the guys who only play Test cricket, is going to allow us to get fit, get focused and make sure we’re ready for when the summer comes around.” Lyon said.
“Painey has all my support. He’s not going anywhere in my eyes.” Lyon further said.