Steve Smith was a part of discussions on captaincy with Australian coach Justin Langer and in his own words, the answer regarding his captaincy had already been answered by Langer. Smith was asked to step down as Australian skipper after the infamous sandpaper gate scandal in the Cape Town Test match against South Africa in 2018. Then both him and David Warner was banned by the ICC from all forms of cricket.
Part of his punishment included a further year-long exile from any leadership role, which expired in March. Smith’s captaincy was brought to light once again when Aaron Finch was ruled out of the second Twenty20 against India last weekend. Smith was speculated to lead the side and as it turned out, it was Matthew Wade who led Australia in the second game.
Happy To Do My Bit For The Team: Steve Smith
“There were discussions taking place. I think JL (coach Justin Langer) answered the question when asked about me and captaincy,” Smith said from Adelaide, where he is preparing for the first Test against India next week.
“For me, I just said I am happy to do whatever is best for the team and that’s the same going forward. I do whatever I can for the team. Right now, I think Tim and Finchy are doing really good jobs in both formats of the game,” he added.
Last week Aussie coach Justin Langer spoke about a particular process that Steve Smith needs to go through in order to become captain of the Australian cricket team once again.
“I think whenever there is a captain chosen, you go through a process, you go through the board and things like that, and other people are spoken to. I’m sure it won’t be too dissimilar, but I’m not really sure. That’s all that has been said to me, and we will let it rest for now.” concluded Smith.