Australian spinner Nathan Lyon has opened up about the ongoing Smith and Captaincy rumours and told that Smith's interest in captaincy is exciting. Lyon also spoke about Tim Paine as a leader and stated that Paine is not going anywhere. Read more - T Natarajan arrives in Chennai to join SRH camp; Skipper David Warner to leave for India soon
"It's exciting that Smithy has said he wants the job again. I think over the last couple of years he's learned a lot about himself, but also about his captaincy as well," Lyon told The Unplayable Podcast.
Steve Smith was removed from captaincy after he initiated the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in 2018. Recently, Smith had shown interest in national captiancy if the position comes up.
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"For him to come out and say that he wants it is exciting. He's obviously learnt a lot and feels like he can do a great job again. If he wants it, in my eyes he can have it," said Lyon.
In January 2021, Lyon played his 100th Test and is just one wicket away from becoming the third Australian bowler after Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath to take 400 Test wickets.
Offering his full support to Tim Paine, Lyon said, "Tim is the current captain and this is the way Tim wants to run the ship and credit to Smithy, I think he's been very respectful in that way. There's been times where Smithy has been able to pass on his knowledge. He also has a great cricket brain and can see the game different to most people. I think that's a great quality to have; when you've got people like Smithy in your changeroom it can only help you."
"I love playing under Painey. He's up there with one of the best captains I've played under. With him being up there as the best 'keeper in the world in my eyes, I want him to keep playing, especially with such a big Ashes series just around the corner," Lyon said.
"This time off, especially for the guys who only play Test cricket, is going to allow us to get fit, get focused and make sure we're ready for when the summer comes around. Painey has all my support. He's not going anywhere in my eyes," he concluded,