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Steve Smith free to become Australia captain after serving two years after messing with the ball

Steve Smith released for skipper Australia again after serving a two-year captaincy ban after messing with the ball

  • Steve Smith received a two-year ban on leadership from Cricket Australia
  • The sentence came after the controversial tampering scandal in March 2018
  • After the scandal, Smith had to resign his role as captain of Australia
  • He also received a 12-month ban on domestic and international cricket
  • Smith strives to remain ‘physically fit and mentally fresh’ during Covid-19 lockdown
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Steve Smith is eligible to captain Australia again with the end of his two-year ban.

Following the March 2018 balsabotage scandal, Cricket gave Australia then-skipper Smith a 12-month suspension of domestic and international cricket, adding that he would not be eligible for leadership roles for another year after that.

The 30-year-old batsman, who starred in England’s Ashes series last summer, says he “ tried to stay physically fit and mentally fresh ” amid the current sporting lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Two years after his ban on leadership by Cricket Australia, Smith is now in a position to be selected to lead his country again

Two years after his ban on leadership by Cricket Australia, Smith is now in a position to be selected to lead his country again

Although he owed Captain Rajasthan Royals in this year’s Indian Premier League, the start of which has been delayed to April 15, Smith considers it “not likely at this time” for the league to continue.

He said to Channel Nine’s Sports Sunday, “I would leave today, I think, from New Zealand to the IPL, so clearly that is not going to happen.

“I think in principle the country will close its borders until April 15. It doesn’t look likely at the moment, of course, I think there will be a number of meetings in the coming days to discuss what’s going on.

“But just trying to stay physically fit and mentally fresh and if it goes on at some point, it’s great. If not, there is currently plenty going on in the world. Just play it day by day. ‘

Smith (right) along with David Warner and Cameron Bancroft (left) was caught in a ball scandal with a test against South Africa in March 2018

Smith (right) along with David Warner and Cameron Bancroft (left) was caught in a ball scandal with a test against South Africa in March 2018

Smith (right) along with David Warner and Cameron Bancroft (left) was caught in a ball scandal with a test against South Africa in March 2018

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