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Legendary wicketkeeper Ian Healy wants to see former Australia captain Steve Smith return to the top job in Tests and seek “redemption”, saying he has paid a “heavy price for not doing much” during the ball-tampering scandal.

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Smith and vice-captain David Warner had resigned in the aftermath of the scandal during the Cape Town Test against South Africa in March 2018 and since then Tim Paine has been at the helm of the Test team.

Aaron Finch has handled the limited-overs leadership.

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“In 12 to 18 months from now, I want him to do it, only if he wants to, because it’s a chance for redemption,” Healy told ‘SEN Radio’.

“I want him to lead strongly, become that statesman of the game and put those doubters and haters to bed. I like redemption he paid a heavy price for not doing much,” he added.

With Paine, at 36, reaching the fag end of his career, a fresh captaincy discussion has started.

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