Tim Paine, the Australian Test skipper, has his say in picking up the squad ahead of any series. But former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting wants the current national team skipper to play a bigger role. The 44-year-old Ponting, who led his national team to clinch the World Cup twice, said during his time as a captain he was desperate to become a selector. Stressing on why he wanted to become a selector during his time as captain, Ponting said it was because he wanted to make communication clearer with his players.
"I said when I was playing, as captain I was desperate to be an actual selector," Ponting told cricket.com.au.
"More (for) communication reasons than anything else, it wasn't because I didn't always get the team I wanted.
"To be accountable and to be able to communicate well among your players, I thought it was vital that the captain could pass on his views to the players directly.
"I don't know if that's happening now or not.
"I'd like to see the captain become a selector," Ponting who averages over 51 in Test cricket added.
Ponting had played 168 Tests, 375 One-day Internationals (ODIs) and 17 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).
In the ODIs, Ponting had scored over 13,704 at an average of 42.03. He also holds the highest score of 164 runs in this format.
Paine, on the other hand, recently led the national team to a 1-2 defeat against India in the Test series. He has featured only 19 times for Australia in the longest format of the game, scoring 939 runs at an average of 34.77.