“Certainly interested” – Steve Smith says he is ready to take over Australian captaincy if required

Steve Smith was given a two-year captaincy ban following the 'Sandpapergate' incident which came to an end last year.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith (Photo : Cricket Australia)

Steve Smith has expressed interest in taking over Australia’s captaincy if the team management requires him to do so. The No. 3 batsman was the captain of the side before the infamous ‘Sanpapergate’ scandal rocked Australian cricket and led to a one-year playing ban and two-year captaincy ban for Smith. The one-year playing ban got over with his return in the 2019 World Cup while his captaincy ban got over last year.

Despite his ban getting over, Australia have not reverted him to the position of captain as Tim Paine who took over in Tests continues to be the captain in the longest format while Aaron Finch continues to lead the limited overs sides. Cricket Australia has showed no signs of handing over captaincy to Smith in the aftermath of the aforesaid duo’s potential retirements or stepping down as well.

Steve Smith speaks on captaincy ambitions

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Steve Smith spoke in a recent interview with News Corp about his captaincy ambitions and said, “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.”

Speaking further about the infamous Sandpapergate incident and his learnings from it, Smith 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.”

Smith will be seen in action next in the Indian Premier League (IPL) where he will appear for the Ricky Ponting-coached Delhi Capitals (DC) side who begin their campaign on the 10th of April.

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