If it was a long term injury you might go Smith, for one test use Cummins. I think it's risky having a test captain as a quick given the injury rate they seem to have.
It would be sad if they go back to Smith and overlook Patrick.
There's ball tampering and there's ball tampering.Has there ever been any Cricket player that was banned for life for ball tempering?
Considering that I am pretty confident the answer to that is no, then he is not lucky to be in the side at all.
New Zealand admitted to ball tampering with bottle caps 30 years ago. No one cares.There's ball tampering and there's ball tampering.
He didn't just lift the seam or rub lollies on the ball. He was the captain and approved destroying one side of it with sandpaper.
In terms of ball tampering, this is the worst case that I can recall. Anybody who thinks he is fit to captain the national team is devoid of morals. He's damned lucky it wasn't a 5-10 year ban which would have ended his international career anyway.
New Zealand admitted to ball tampering with bottle caps 30 years ago. No one cares.
No one is saying they should have used sandpaper but everyone tempers with the ball. If some people actually think he was lucky to not get a career-ending ban then I have to question how much they know about Cricket. If anything he was unlucky to get the ban he got.