Tim Paine resigned as captain of Australia before Ashes.©AFP

With Tim Payne resigning as the captain of Australia before the Ashes series against England, many fans are puzzled by the successor to the batsman. Due to a controversial texting scandal, Paine recently resigned as captain. Former Indian cricket player Aakash Chopra (Aakash Chopra) is known for his views videos on cricket, and he decided to share his views on the situation. The commentator expressed his support to the “front-runner” Pat Cummins through his YouTube channel. Chopra also listed Manus Labusiane as a possible captain, and said that choosing former captain Steve Smith would also “do no harm.”

“I think Pat Cummins is the front runner. He is a fast bowler and his pedigree is to participate in all five test games in a row, which may become a lot. But if you look at Steve Smith. He is tainted. Although he is qualified to be the captain, the high ethical stance taken by Australia makes Cummins the front runner,” he said.

“If he is not made, they will go to the batsman. If they give it to Marnus Labuschagne, I will not be surprised. This can happen. I will not be very surprised,” he further added.

Chopra expressed his support for Smith, saying that the Ashes series may be too for Labuchanne.

Due to the ball tampering scandal (sandpaper scandal) in Cape Town, Smith was removed from his role as the captain of the test in 2018. This also resulted in Smith and former deputy captain David Warner being suspended for one year.

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“If you don’t have that much trust in Cummins, and you think the Ashes series may be too for Labuschagne. Then you can go back to Steve Smith at any time, it doesn’t hurt,” Chopra said.

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“The sandpaper door is like a small hill. It is exaggerated. Everyone has a grumpy temper at least once in their life.”

The Ashes Series will begin on December 8, and the first test match is planned to be held in Gabba, Brisbane.

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