Australia could be led by Warner
The Australian's will go into the third and final Test of the series against Sri Lanka with an unassailable lead, but who will lead the side in the last match of the series is very much open to question.
Will Warner lead Australia against Sri Lanka?
Skipper, Michael Clarke, who was a doubt before the second Test, is once again struggling with a strained hamstring, while vice-captain Shane Watson, has already been ruled out of the New Year Test in Sydney as the result of a calf injury, and he may well have to accept that he will never be able to maintain a level of fitness that will allow him to fulfil the role of a genuine Test all-rounder again.
Until recently, the obvious candidates in the absence of these two, would have been Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey. However, Ponting retired from the Test arena at the end of the South African series, and Hussey has announced that the Sydney Test match will be the last of his career. Hussey's decision came as a complete shock to Clarke, and coach Mickey Arthur, leaving them short of a talented and experienced batsman, and also their preferred short term leader.
The options left appear to come down to a choice between David Warner and Ed Cowan, both of whom have been mentioned as potential future Test captains. Both have recent captaincy experience, with Warner having skippered the Sydney Thunder in the BBL and a CA Chairman's XI last summer, while Cowan led Australia A on their English tour earlier this year, when he was easily the leading run scorer amongst the tourists.