Steve Smith admits he would be 'keen' to captain Australia again


Steve Smith declares he would be ‘keen’ on captaining Australia again if the selectors want him to – as he admits ‘I’m always going to have to live with Cape Town’ after he was stripped of the role following ball tampering scandal

  • Steve Smith revealed his interest in taking the Australia captaincy in the future 
  • Smith was banned from leadership roles after the 2018 ball tampering scandal
  • The batsman insists he has ‘grown as a human being’ since his suspension
  • He has thrown his backing behind current captain Tim Paine for the time being 

Steve Smith has revealed he is interested in taking back the Australia captaincy in the future should the team give him the all-clear – insisting he has ‘grown as a human being’ since the ball-tampering scandal in 2018.

The batsman was banned from leadership roles and suspended for a year after being involved in an attempt to change the condition of the ball using sandpaper during a Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

He was sanctioned alongside David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, who was caught in the act on TV, with Tim Paine taking over as captain.

Steve Smith admits he would be ready to take the Australia captaincy if offered it in the future

Steve Smith admits he would be ready to take the Australia captaincy if offered it in the future

Smith (C) was suspended and banned from the role after his involvement in the 2018 ball-tampering scandal alongside David Warner (L) and Cameron Bancroft (R)

Smith (C) was suspended and banned from the role after his involvement in the 2018 ball-tampering 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 guess now I’ve got to a point where, if the opportunity did come up again, I would be keen,’ he told NewsCorp.

‘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 now, that’s for sure.’

Bancroft was caught by cameras attempted to change the condition of the ball with sandpaper

Bancroft was caught by cameras attempted to change the condition of the ball with sandpaper

The batsman admits the unsavoury scenes in Cape Town will always stay with him in his career

The batsman admits the unsavoury scenes in Cape Town will always stay with him in his career

Paine will continue as skipper for the time being but is edging towards his forties – he will turn 37 by the time Australia take on England in the Ashes this year. 

There could certainly be an opening for Smith to resume the role in the near future and while he admits the unsavoury scenes in Cape Town will shadow over his career, he feels he is in a much ‘better place’ now to lead by example.

He would accept the decision not to reinstate him, however, and has thrown his backing behind Paine and white-ball captain Aaron Finch. 

For the time being, he has thrown his support behind current skipper and successor Tim Paine

For the time being, he has thrown his support behind current skipper and successor Tim Paine

Smith believes he has 'learnt a lot about himself' and 'grown up' since his ban two years ago

Smith believes he has ‘learnt a lot about himself’ and ‘grown up’ since his ban two years ago

‘I’m always going to have to live with Cape Town, regardless of whether I lead again or not. It’s always there,’ he added.

‘I’ve been through all that now. Time keeps moving forward, and I’ve learnt so much the last few years about myself and grown as a human being. I feel as though I’d be in a better place, if the opportunity did come up. 

‘If it doesn’t, that’s fine as well, and I’d support whoever is in charge the same way I’ve supported Tim and Finchy.

‘I haven’t always felt like I wanted to do it again. That’s only come in the last little bit.’

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