Ashamed Steve Smith says he would love to be captain of Australia again, but admits, “I will always have to live with Cape Town” after being stripped of the role over a scandal over ball tampering.
- Steve Smith expressed his interest in taking over the captaincy of Australia in the future
- Smith was banned from leadership roles after the 2018 ball-messed scandal
- The batsman maintains that he has “grown as a human being” since his suspension
- For the time being he has thrown himself behind the current captain Tim Paine
Steve Smith has revealed that he is interested in taking back the Australian captain in the future should the team make it clear to him – insisting that he has ‘grown like a human being’ since the 2018 ball-fiddling scandal.
The batsman was banned from leadership roles and suspended for a year after being involved in an attempt to change the ball’s condition with sandpaper during a test against South Africa in Cape Town.
He was sanctioned along with David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, who were caught red-handed on TV, with Tim Paine as the captain.
Steve Smith admits he would be willing to take over as Australia captain if offered in the future
Smith (C) was banned and banned from the role following his involvement in the 2018 ball sabotage scandal alongside David Warner (L) and Cameron Bancroft (R)
Smith, 31, returned to playing for his country in June 2019 and believes he has since done a lot of ‘growing up’ and would be ready to lead the group again if officials thought it was right for the team.
“I’ve certainly had a lot of time to think about it, and I think I’ve now gotten to a point where if the opportunity arises again, I would be excited,” he told NewsCorp.
“If it was what Cricket Australia wanted and it was what was best for the team at the time, that’s definitely something I’d be interested in right now, that’s for sure.”
Bancroft was caught trying to change the ball’s condition with sandpaper
The batsman admits that the unsavory scenes in Cape Town will always stay with him in his career
Paine will continue as a skipper for the time being, but is nearing his forties – he will be 37 by the time Australia takes England into the Ashes this year.
There could certainly be an opening for Smith to resume the role in the near future and while admitting that the unsavory Cape Town scenes will overshadow his career, he now feels in a much ‘better place’ to lead by example .
However, he would accept the decision not to recover him and has thrown himself behind Paine and white ball captain Aaron Finch.
For the time being, he has thrown himself behind the current skipper and successor Tim Paine
Smith believes he has “learned a lot about himself” and is “grown up” since his ban two years ago
‘I will always have to live near Cape Town, whether I am a leader or not. It’s always there, ‘he added.
‘I’ve been through all of that now. Time keeps moving forward and I have learned so much about myself over the years and have grown as a human being. I feel like I would be in a better place if the opportunity presents itself.
‘If not, that’s fine too, and I support whoever is in charge the same way I supported Tim and Finchy.
‘I haven’t always felt like I wanted to do it again. That only came in the last bit. ‘