Both David Warner and Steve Smith faced ban till March 2019 by Cricket Australia followed by the ball-tampering incident. They will continue their career in their next major assignment for Australia in ICC CWC 19 in England. Being the current defending and 5 times champions Australia has a challenging job to appoint a new leader. So, here are the top 5 contenders who deserve to lead Australia in CWC 2019.
Possibility – 70% to 90%
According to many experts, Aaron Finch is much likely to captain Australia in the world cup. He has great experience of captaincy in the IPL and BBL earlier and his leadership can help the team to recover from ball-tampering incident.
He is the base of batting line up for Australia, along with David Warner and Steve Smith. His furious batting can easily mock bowling unit at any time. He is appointed as a captain in T20 and he can make way ahead to be a full-time captain in ODI. His batting is very versatile in all shots. He can play both as defensive and aggressive, depending on the situation in the field.
Possibility – 40% to 60%
Smith was dismissed from the role of captaincy just after the ball-tampering incident in Australia cricket. Tim Paine immediately held the role of captaincy till next World Cup in ODI and Test format. Since his debut in 2009, Time Pain has been out due to his injury and in for his performance. Followed by the retirement of legendary Adam Gilchrist, Australians have tried hands on many wicket-keepers but no other player could be fit in the shoes of Adam Gilchrist.
Tim Paine is definitely the choice of selectors because of his experience in captaincy at domestic circuit. However, there are concerns with his inconsistent batting. However, he is looking forward to bring some change in the history of Australian cricket with his captaincy. He should lead from the front with captaincy skills and bat to defend the title successfully one more time.
Possibility – 20% to 25%
The younger in the family of Marsh Brothers, Mitchell Marsh is a strong contender to guide Australia in the upcoming World Cup. He is more experienced than his elder brother in captaincy and he is a good all-rounder. So, he has more chances to captain than Shaun Marsh. He can hit the ball with good pace and bowl well to break the rival’s partnership. His all-round performance will be vital for Australia if he remains fit for the entire tournament.
Possibility – 15% to 20%
The son of legendary Geoffrey Marsh, Shaun Marsh also has possibility for captaincy. He is also experienced in captaincy in domestic cricket. He is a great left-handed batsman who plays both spin and pace very well and he can strike well at back-end of innings.
Possibility – 10% to 15%
Mitchell Starc is the leading name in fast bowling. He is a pace-attack leader for Australia and he can strike 145 kmph regularly. He has good experience with bat and he is a great outfielder.