There is no doubt about the Tim Paine captaincy, says Australia coach Justin Langer

SYDNEY Tim Paine will be Australia He is the captain in the foreseeable future and there is no reason why he would not lead the team in the inaugural final of the World Test Championship next year if they qualify, coach Justin Langer He said Wednesday.

Paine was seen by many as a place-holder when he became Australia's 46th test captain in 2018 after the 45th, Steve Smith, was banned for 12 months for his part in the Newlands ball-tampering scandal.

Selected for his demeanour as much as for his batting and wicketkeeping skills, Paine was at the helm when Australia lost a first home series to India, but has since overseen the retention of the Ashes in England and two series triumphs.

With Smith's further one-year ban from holding a leadership position within the team expiring early in the New Year, however, some in the Australia n media have questioned whether the right man was in the job.

Langer gave the idea of ​​a short-term change of leadership before the third test against New Zealand on Wednesday.

The truth is that there have been conjectures from outside, but there has never been a millisecond of conjecture within our team, he told reporters in Sydney Cricket I usually.

He is almost our most important player because he is a very good leader, his captaincy has been excellent, he is the best wicketkeeper in the world, he is as fit as anyone in the group.

If he thought he could hit as well as we think he can, then we will see results as we did in the last test match.

Paine, 35, scored his seventh test half century in the second test against New Zealand in Melbourne, which Australia won by 247 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series heading into Sydney.

The World Test Championship was started in part to eliminate the concept of dead tires in the longest form of the game and Langer said that reaching the final in June 2021 was a great motivation for his players.

Forty points from a victory in the third test, which starts at the SCG on Friday, would help second-placed Australia close the gap on top-ranked India in the nine-team table.

Langer said he thought there was every chance Paine would lead the team at Lord's within 18 months if they remained in the top two and qualified for the decisive title.

I hope he plays as long as he can because his leadership has been brilliant, Langer added.

In his last performance he pressured the man of the party ... and he is so fit ... that I literally cannot think of a reason why he would not play as much as he wanted or needed.