Former Australian skipper Steve Smith was banned from international cricket for 12 months in November 2018. The batsman was banned alongside opener David Warner and Cameron Bancroft for indulging in the ball-tampering incident at Cape Town against South Africa.
While all three of them were suspended by Cricket Australia, Smith was also removed as the captain of the national Team following the shameful incident.
Smith then marked his return to international cricket after 18 months during the Ashes series in 2019. He showed his class in that Ashes tour by finishing as the leading scorer of Australia. Since then he has been one of the most crucial players in the Australian squad.
However, the 31-year-old spoke to the News Corp on the opportunity of leading the Australian team in the future, he stated, “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 wanted and it was what was best for the team at the time, it’s certainly something I would be interested in.”
After Warner and Smith were suspended following the sandpaper gate incident, wicket-keeper Tim Paine was handed the captaincy of the Test team. Under his leadership Australia lost to India at home in 2018, and second time again in 2020 despite Warner’s and Smith’s presence in the team.
With Tim Paine’s unsuccessful stint as Test skipper and considering his age (36 years old), Cricket Australia must be looking to hire a new skipper for the Test team.
As of now pacer Pat Cummins is the vice-captain with a fixed place in the national team, with the new skipper yet to be decided in case CA gives such update.
Meanwhile, Smith recalled the incident and said, “I’m always going to have to live with Cape Town regardless of whether I lead again or not. It’s always there. Time keeps moving forward, and I’ve learnt so much the last few years about myself and grown as a human being.”
It still remains unclear if the management considers Smith for the role if any such development takes place in the future.