Justin Langer to evaluate Tim Paine and other captaincy options

Justin Langer to evaluate Tim Paine and other captaincy options

The Aussie skipper has had a torrid time with captaincy following the ball-tampering scandal.

Justin Langer
Justin Langer. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

The recent 5-0 hammering at the hands of England has put both Justin Langer and Tim Paine in a rather tight spot. Of course, it certainly is not a secret that there is a clear problem within the Australian cricketing ranks, but the hammering has left the likes of Trevor Hohns thinking about the future possibilities of the duo.

Of course, one may very well think that the Aussies are in turmoil, but the very fact that Hohns and his band of stuffed shirts are indeed working round the clock to ensure the best possible outcomes is certainly something. Justin Langer, the newbie of sorts in the dressing room has said that they will indeed take a call when it comes to choosing a captain for the upcoming Zimbabwe tour. The Aussies will be facing off against the hosts and Pakistan in a tri-nation series.

“We’ve got to work out whether he’s going to play his best cricket in white-ball cricket and if he does he’s a chance, and if he doesn’t then we’ll probably have to look somewhere else,” Langer said. “We’ll have a really close look at a whole number of things when we get back from England and Zimbabwe next week and we’ll move from there,” he added.

“I was with Trevor Hohns (national selector) today. No doubt Tim has had a tough time here. He’s done a brilliant job since South Africa in steadying the ship. He’s an outstanding young man. He’s also tough. You saw him get hit in the face in the second game, he had stitches all in his face, it’s reminiscent to me of a lot of the great Australian captains.”

The workload may get to Paine

Langer went on to add that the workload on Paine might be beginning to get a lot more tighter than it has in the past. “I’m starting to recognise really quickly how hectic the schedule is in international cricket. They are all things we’re going to have a look at. One thing that’s been interesting and goes against my thinking as well is Joe Root, for example, he plays in the one-day team but is captain of the Test team and they split that (captaincy) role with Eoin Morgan.

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