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Steve Smith can lead Australia again says former coach Darren Lehman

Last week, Fox Sports cricket journalist Tom Morris wrote an opinion piece calling for Steve Smith to be reinstated as captain of Australia for the 2019 Ashes series in England.

In his article Tom argues the hypothetical that Australia are 2-0 down in the series and the English media are snapping at the heels of current captain Tim Paine.

In 2015, Steve Smith was appointed captain of the country under then coach Darren Lehman who is now a member of the Macquarie Sports Cricket team. Asked about Morris’ article on Macquarie Sports Radio Breakfast, the former Australian coach endorsed the exiled skipper back into the role “Yeah I think he can, I don’t know whether the cricket board will do that, he’s a very good captain, obviously the boys made a mistake and it’s time to move on, they’ve paid the price. It will be interesting to see which way they go with that one.”

At the moment, while Steve Smith serves his ban from International cricket, Tasmanian wicketkeeper Tim Paine has stepped into the role as captain of Australia “he can’t look too far ahead, he’s got to worry about the summer. Tim will do a very good job in Steve’s absence and then they’ll sum that up come next year when the Ashes are around.” said Lehman.

In the last 24 hours, social media has been abuzz with images of fellow suspended Australian opening batsman Dave Warner facing the Australian fast bowlers in the nets under the watchful eye of coach Justin Langer. Lehman doesn’t hold the same issues or concerns as most of the Australian public about this “They’re allowed to train, you’ve got to keep them up to speed. I don’t mind it at all, trying to keep him up to an international level. For me he is, they’re quality players. They’re top 5 in the world, we’ve seen our batting struggle.”

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