Will Steve Smith Captain Australia Again After Ball-Tampering Scandal?
Sydney: Australian batting mainstay Steve Smith, who was dethroned as captain following the ‘Sandpaper-Gate’ scandal in Cape Town Test in March 2018 and was suspended, has mentioned he can be eager to guide the nationwide group once more, if given a chance.
“I’ve certainly had a lot of time to think about it and I guess now I’ve got to a point where if the opportunity did come up again I would be keen. If it was what Cricket Australia (CA) wanted and it was what was best for the team at the time, it’s certainly something I would be interested in now, that’s for sure,” Smith informed News Corp.
“I am always going to have to live with Cape Town regardless of whether I lead again or not. It’s always there. I’ve been through all that now. Time keeps moving forward, and I’ve learnt so much the last few years about myself and grown as a human being.” CA banned Smith, 31, from enjoying worldwide cricket for 12 months and was additionally barred from a management place with the nationwide group for 2 years following the Cape Town scandal. He has since returned to the Australian group as its batting mainstay in each white-ball and Test cricket.
Smith’s deputy, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft, who was caught on digicam making an attempt to alter the situation of the ball utilizing sandpaper, have been additionally suspended. Warner, too, has since staged a comeback to the nationwide group. “I feel as though I’d be in a better place if the opportunity did come up. If it doesn’t, that’s fine as well and I’d support whoever is in charge the same way I’ve supported Tim [Paine] and Finchy [Aron Finch],” Smith mentioned.
Australia Test captain Paine is 36 and white-ball skipper Aaron Finch is 34. The ageing duo has given rise to the captaincy query once more. “I haven’t always felt like I wanted to do it again. That’s only come in the last little bit,” Smith mentioned. Smith has recovered from an elbow harm and has been named to play a one-dayer towards Queensland on Wednesday earlier than he departs for India for the IPL. Smith captained Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2020, however the franchise launched him forward of the IPL public sale, and Delhi Capitals purchased him at a base worth of Rs 2 crore.
“Steve worked really hard to get back fit and to add someone of his class is a major boost and we are looking forward to him hopefully playing his best cricket,” Blues coach Phil Jaques mentioned.
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