Ricky Ponting believes formalising Tim Paine’s role in the selection panel will make would make the panel more accountable. @ Cricket Australia

Ricky Ponting was never a selector during his tenure as Australia captain, but wants the current skipper Tim Paine to take accountability of selection.

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While Australia’s misfiring batting order has had its fair share of criticism, issues of selection too have come to the fore what with Nathan Coulter-Nile labelling communication from selectors as poor.

“I said when I was playing, as captain I was desperate to be an actual selector,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.

“More (for) communication reasons than anything else, it wasn’t because I didn’t always get the team I wanted.

“To be accountable and to be able to communicate well among your players, I thought it was vital that the captain could pass on his views to the players directly. I don’t know if that’s happening now or not. I’d like to see the captain become a selector.

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“It just makes communication easier, it makes it clearer, if the players know it’s coming from the captain, someone who’s there working with them on a daily basis.

“You’d like to see whatever he had to say to the players would be honest and to the point. I’ve said it for years that I’d like to see it that way.”

Paine, who’s consulted on selection matters, does not want to get into selection, at least while he’s still captain.

“I’ve got enough on my plate at the moment,” the 34-year-old said. “I’m happy when I’m asked my opinion and will give it. As for down the track, I wouldn’t mind a crack at it in four or five years.”

Ponting believes formalising Paine’s role in the selection panel will make would make the panel more accountable.

“He’s doing that (having a say in selection) anyway,” said Ponting.

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“The selectors are still asking him what he thinks of them (players) and their futures. It’s no different (if Paine was a selector), except he has full accountability around the group then.

“I’m sure it probably gets to the stage (currently) at times when Tim might not get a certain player in the team that he wants or there might be someone in the team that he might not want there – how does he then remain honest with them?

“But if he’s a selector then he can be honest with them. That’s what I’ve always felt about it. It would be a much more open and honest environment if he was a selector, I think.”