Australia's Steve Smith, shortoly before the start of play on Sunday. Photo: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
Australia's Steve Smith, shortoly before the start of play on Sunday. Photo: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
Tim Paine speaks at a press conference after captaining Australia for the remainder of the third Test at Newlands. Photo: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
Tim Paine speaks at a press conference after captaining Australia for the remainder of the third Test at Newlands. Photo: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
Australia's Mitchell Marsh celebrates after taking the wicket of South Africa's Theunis de Bruyn during the second Test. Photo: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
Australia's Mitchell Marsh celebrates after taking the wicket of South Africa's Theunis de Bruyn during the second Test. Photo: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
Australia's Usman Khawaja celebrates after scoring 150 runs during the fifth Ashes Test against England in July. Photo: EPA/DAVID MOIR
Australia's Usman Khawaja celebrates after scoring 150 runs during the fifth Ashes Test against England in July. Photo: EPA/DAVID MOIR
Australia's Pat Cummins celebrates with team mates after taking the wicket of South Africa's AB de Villiers during the third Test. Photo: REUTERS/Mike Hutching
Australia's Pat Cummins celebrates with team mates after taking the wicket of South Africa's AB de Villiers during the third Test. Photo: REUTERS/Mike Hutching
Former Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke speaks to Australian captain Steve Smith. Photo: Dave Hunt/EPA
Former Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke speaks to Australian captain Steve Smith. Photo: Dave Hunt/EPA

SYDNEY - With Steve Smith banned for at least one Test and likely to face more punishment over the ball-tampering scandal, we look at who could become Australia's next cricket captain.

Tim Paine

Paine was seen as a surprise choice when drafted in to replace Smith when he stood down as skipper for the remainder of the third Test in Cape Town after the ball tampering scandal erupted. The 33-year-old wicket-keeper had been a shock selection for the recent Ashes series against England after six years in the wilderness. But as an elder-statesman with a calm head, he could get the nod.

Mitchell Marsh

The 26-year-old all-rounder has been in good form with bat and ball and could be a solid long-term pick. After a period of mediocre performances, he has now established himself as a near permanent fixture in the team. The son of former national coach Geoff, he has honed his leadership skills as skipper of Western Australia.

Usman Khawaja

An outsider, but the top-order batsman has plenty of experience and patience. Born in Pakistan, the 31-year-old has displayed composure at difficult times and shown his credentials as captain during a stint in charge at Queensland and on the Australia A tour of India in 2015.

Pat Cummins

The tearaway paceman is highly regarded and has youth on his side at age 24. It is highly unusual to have a fast bowler as captain and the burden may be too much, but if cricket chiefs are looking for a fresh start, he could be the man to take them forward. Was tipped earlier this year by Michael Clarke as a captain-in-waiting.     

Michael Clarke

Clarke was Smith's predecessor, retiring in 2015 after playing 115 Tests. Now a TV commentator, he suggested at the weekend he was open to a return. "If I was asked by the right people, then I would think about my answer," the 36-year-old told Australia's Nine Network, although he is seen as a real wildcard.

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