As the debate for the next Australian vice-captain intensifies, Adam Gilchrist is the latest to join the debate. In the aftermath of the massive ball-tampering scandal that sent shock waves through the cricket world, Tim Paine was named Test captain before he and Aaron Finch were named as Australia's new ODI and T20I captain, respectively for the upcoming tours to England and Zimbabwe in the absence of banned former skipper Steve Smith.
While Finch has also been confirmed as Paine's deputy for the five-match ODI series in the United Kingdom, wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey has been promoted as the vice-captain for a one-off T20I in England and a T20I tri-series in Zimbabwe.
Gilchrist has chosen Mitchell Marsh for the role of next Australian vice-captain in Tests as he thinks he is the apt person to don the role. "I think a guy like Mitch Marsh could be a really strong appointment as Paine's deputy. Again, provided he stays fit, I see him playing a big role in being a core or foundation player for that team to be built around," Cricket Australia quoted Gilchrist as saying.
Though Gilchrist admitted that spinner Nathan Lyon could also be an option for the role, he believes the combination of Paine and Marsh would work out better.
"He showed some really promising signs for WA (as captain) in the last Sheffield Shield season. He could mature into a very good leader. Nathan Lyon is the more experienced but if I had to appoint someone, I would have Tim and Mitch as the combination," he concluded.