Australian cricket coach Justin Langer is confident there are enough emerging leaders ready to help skipper Tim Paine through what shapes as a tough summer.
Cricket Australia opted to not unveil a vice-captain among the 15-man squad chosen on Tuesday for next month's Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.
Paine will captain the side in his first full Test series since replacing the suspended Steve Smith in South Africa, while a deputy has to be found to replace David Warner, who is also suspended for a year but can never hold a leadership spot in the team again.
Allrounder Mitch Marsh, who has assumed considerable leadership roles in the past year, taking on the captaincy of WA, the Perth Scorchers and Australia A, is favourite to claim the vice-captaincy but there are other strong candidates, including Victorian Aaron Finch, who has been drafted into the Test squad, and Queensland skipper Usman Khawaja.
"There’s a number of guys who captain their states now. Mitch will certainly be in the hunt. He’s just coming back from his surgery, he’s captain of WA so there’s no doubt he’ll be one of the frontrunners for vice captaincy," Langer, formerly the WA coach, said.