Smith shows interest to captain Australia again
Australia star batsman Steve Smith has expressed his desire to captain Australia again if Cricket Australia (CA) asked him to serve the responsibility for the team.
More than three years have already been passed since Newlands ball-tampering saga for which Smith along with David Warner and Cameron Bancroft faced 12 months ban from international cricket. Also there imposed a restriction on Smith’s captaincy for two years since the scandal.
However, that time has already been passed, Smith again made his mark in international cricket and also eligible for captaincy again. As longer format captain Tim Paine’s age is around 36 and shorter format captain Aaron Finch’s age is around 34, the equation of Smith’s captaincy raises more than ever at present.
“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,” Smith told News Corp.
“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 now, that’s for sure.
“I’m 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.
“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 and Finchy.
“I haven’t always felt like I wanted to do it again. That’s only come in the last little bit.”