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Steve Smith Australian cricket captaincy return

Steve Smith should make a return as Australian cricket captain if Aaron Finch is out injured, former Aussie skipper Mark Taylor says.

Smith has not captained Australia since the 2018 Cape Town ball-tampering scandal but his two-year ban on holding leadership positions is over.

Finch injured his hamstring in the first T20 match against India on Friday, putting him in doubt for Sunday’s second game. Vice-captain Pat Cummins isn’t playing.

Matthew Wade has been touted as a potential stand-in captain but Taylor believes that Australia should bite the bullet and reinstate Smith.

“If he (Finch) is not available, I personally would like to see Steve Smith captain the Australian side,” Taylor told TODAY on Sunday.

“I’ve said for quite a while, there’s no doubt mistakes were made two and a half years ago now in Cape Town. There’s been penalties and they’ve been served.

“To me, now we’ve got to move on. Steve Smith is still looked at by this side as a leader in that team; even Finch, the one-day/T20 captain and [Test skipper] Tim Paine go to Steve Smith for advice at times. He’s a senior player.

“I know there might be some people out in the community who have a problem potentially with Steve Smith but I think tonight’s match, should Finch not play, is a great opportunity for the selectors to say, ‘We’ll give him the T20 captaincy and see how it goes’.

“You’re not making a call forever. You’ve got these two T20s before the Test matches start, where Tim Paine will captain, I think to test the waters.”

However, Taylor said that he was unsure if Smith, who also served a one-year playing ban over the ball-tampering fiasco, currently desired a return to the Australian captaincy.

“I honestly don’t know. I don’t know if he’ll want the extra pressure, the extra microscope that will be on him,” Taylor said.

“But Steve Smith obviously prior to Cape Town, was doing a very good job with the Australian side. I’m sure he’d like another opportunity.”

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