- Steve Smith was stripped of the Australia captaincy after a shameful incident two years in the past, however a return to his outdated job might come about.
Modified 29 Mar 2020, 17:56 IST
Could Steve Smith ever captain Australia again? That is a query that took on new relevance on Sunday after Smith’s two-year leadership ban ended.
Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft had been suspended from cricket after a ball-tampering scandal on the 2018 tour of South Africa.
A scheme was cooked up to use sandpaper to physician the ball, with Smith being conscious of the plan however doing nothing to stop it going forward.
Disgraced by the incident, Smith was served with a one-year enjoying ban that started on March 29, 2018, with an extra 12-month suspension from main Australia in any format of the sport.
That interval has now expired, which might open the door for Smith to return to the captaincy, though Tim Paine is the present Test skipper and Aaron Finch has the limited-overs job locked down.
Paine, 35, has hinted he could also be nearing the top of his Test profession, whereas 30-year-old Smith beforehand flourished within the function and has shone as a batsman since returning to the workforce.
Smith has tried to deflect questions on returning to his former job as Australia’s Test chief.
Speaking in November 2019, he mentioned: “My document in all probability is healthier when I’m captain than when I’m not. That type of strain does not actually hassle me. But I’m not desirous about captaincy or something at this time limit.
“I’m actually comfy the place I’m at and I’m having fun with what I’m doing.”
Published 29 Mar 2020, 17:56 IST
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