Smith, Cummins best bets for Australia's Test captain: Nathan Lyon

Melbourne: After Tim Paine's resignation, veteran Australian spinner Nathan Lyon believes Steven Smith and pacer Pat Cummins are the best-suited candidates for the leadership posts. A CA panel that has been specifically convened to decide Australia's next men's Test captain interviewed both Cummins and Smith this week.

Lyon was reported by ESPNcricinfo as saying, "I think you look at the two people who have been interviewed by Australia for the two posts, I think they're probably the two best candidates in my views."  "I think Pat did a pretty fantastic job with the one-day set up at New South Wales cricket last year, to be honest with you." "I know it'll be a different kettle of fish," he said, "but he's got a lot of veteran guys around him to support Pat if he gets the call."

Despite being the most experienced player on the team, Lyon stated that he had no desire to take on the leadership role. He stated that he wished to continue playing for at least two more years, with tours of India and England at the top of his list of long-term objectives.

"As a result, I'm more than delighted for Pat and Steve, as well as anyone else, to raise their hands." Lyon responded, "I'll keep my head down." Smith has a terrific cricket mentality, according to him, and he has no concerns about his talent.

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