Australia Test captain Tim Paine has backed Marnus Labuschagne to lead the national team in near future. Paine feels the 26-year-old batsman has all the traits of a good leader and is capable of becoming his successor.
Impressed with Labuschagne’s team spirit, Paine said, “I think he’d be a good leader. He is a great thinker of the game. He’s a good team man, he’s got so much enthusiasm for his team and the game.”
“In terms of our cricket team improving and Marnus evolving, I think in the next couple of years we’ll definitely see him take the step up,” the 36-year-old told the reporters on Monday.
Australia’s second consecutive defeat against India in the Test series at home has put Tim Paine’s captaincy under the scanner. His performance behind the wickets and tactics as a leader were highly criticized by many legendary cricketers.
Ever since the Baggy Greens lost the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy to Ajinkya Rahane-led side, the talks surrounding who would take over as the next Australia Test captain have been doing the rounds on social media.
While many feel Steve Smith should be given the role yet again, others suggest the pace bowling spearhead Pat Cummins is a natural choice for Paine’s successor.
However, Tim Paine reckons that Labuschagne would be the ideal choice for the role.