Steve Smith has revealed he’s ready for an additional go at captaining Australia should the chance happen. Smith and therefore the other protagonists of the ball-tampering saga of Cape Town 2018, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, were handed suspensions by Cricket Australia with the previous two also barred from holding a leadership position within the team.
The 31-year-old Smith returned to check cricket 18 months later with twin centuries within the Ashes-opening Edgbaston Test of 2019 and remains an important member of Australia’s squads. However, until now, he had remained mum on his captaincy ambitions.
“I guess now I’ve needed to some extent where if the chance did come up again I might be keen,” Smith told News Corp. “If it had been what Cricket Australia wanted and it had been what was best for the team at the time, it’s certainly something I might have an interest in.”
In the aftermath of Sandpaper gate, Tim Paine took over the reins of the Test side forging a robust partnership with new coach Justin Langer and retaining the Ashes. But with Paine now 36, with questions hovering over his place within the team following a second successive home Test series loss to India, the Test captaincy is probably going to be up for grabs. Paine, however, hasn’t indicated that he won’t walk off just yet with the all-important Ashes defense to return later this year.
Pat Cummins, the top-ranked fast bowler, and vice-captain are in contention too despite Australia traditionally shying faraway from handing the captaincy to a bowler. Ray Lindwall was the last fast bowler to steer Australia, for one Test in India in 1956.
Cricket Australia has not given a transparent indication if they might be comfortable with Smith returning to the captaincy. Recently during the series against India, Australia found themselves without white-ball captain Aaron Finch also as vice-captain Cummins for the second T20I, but Smith was overlooked for the highest role with the responsibility instead handed to Matthew Wade.
Smith conceded he would need to accept the plant disease of his Newlands misdemeanors but added that he has grown from his experience.
“I’m always getting to need to accept Cape Town no matter whether I lead again or not. it is often there. Time keeps moving forward, and I have learned such a lot the previous couple of years about myself and grown as a person’s being.”