Steve Smith’s two-year captaincy ban is over

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Australia batsman Steve Smith is in the form of his life and it seemed like the one-year ban could not affect the dynamic batsman’s form as he played a remarkable role in helping Australia play in the semi-final of the World Cup and to retain the Ashes in England.

The 30-year old’s another dark phase has come to an end as his two-year captaincy ban which was imposed by Cricket Australia (CA) is over. He can officially captain Australia again from now on if the team management or the board gives him the leadership.

However, the story is a bit different for his team-mate David Warner. The left-handed batsman got a career-long leadership ban as it was revealed that the whole idea of the sandpaper incident was Warner’s.

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Meanwhile, Australian players were meant to fly from a New Zealand tour to the Indian Premier League this week, but it’s now unclear when they’ll next appear on a cricket field.

Mid-year tours of Bangladesh and England must be in major doubt and beyond them, the Twenty20 World Cup and home Test series against India are scheduled for next summer.

“It’s obviously not looking likely (the IPL will go ahead) at the moment. I think there might be some meetings over the next few days to discuss what the go is with it all. I’m just trying to stay physically and mentally fit and fresh and, if it goes ahead at some point, then great,” Smith said.

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