Tim Paine, the current Australia Test captain, has encouraged Marnus Labuschagne to take over as captain in the future years. The graceful right-handed hitter had a breakout 2019 season for Australia, scoring over 1000 runs. Labuschagne, who bats at number three, has been crucial in placing Australia at the top of the rankings for a brief period. let’s discuss Australia captain in the future according to Tim Paine.
Australia captain in the future according to Tim Paine
If he was assumed to be only a Test player, he proved his haters wrong by smoothly combining into the ODI team as well. At the crease, Labuschagne is compact, and he exhibits a calm and composed attitude. He also offers whatever support he can to his teammates while laughing and keeping the team atmosphere pleasant.
In a recent interview with the media, Paine appreciated Labuschagne’s qualities and encouraged him to become leader sooner rather than later.
“He’s got some real natural leadership ability and if that’s harnessed and helped, I think he’ll be a great captain. He’s got leadership in him, there’s no doubt about that – the way he goes about it, the way he treats people, the way he works on his game, with some time (he) will become an excellent leader for this squad,” Paine claimed.
Next couple of years we’ll definitely see Labuschage take the leadership role- Tim Paine
The 26-year-old plays for Queensland, wherein Usman Khawaja took over as leader. Paine was quick to point out that Labuschagne is a quick learner and a smart thinker of which Australia must fully utilize.
“I think he’d be a good (leader), Marnus is a great thinker of the game. He’s a good team man, he’s got so much enthusiasm for his team and the game. With Marnus it’s about him evolving into leading more and being more of a leader. He’s come into our group and been a really infectious, energetic guy which has been fantastic for our team, but I think in terms of our cricket team improving and Marnus evolving, I think in the next couple of years we’ll definitely see him take the step up,” Paine explained.
However apart from Paine, former legendary Australia cricketer Ricky Ponting also has supported Labuschagne to be a captain in the near future. Ponting believes that the 26-year-old owns all of the necessary qualities to be a successful captain.