There has been a lot of talk regarding Steve Smith and if he should lead Australia again. Many people think he should get a second chance and captain Australia again while the others think otherwise. Steve Smith has been a fairly decent skipper for Australia and has lead them to a few memorable wins to say the least. However, Steve Smith recently opened up about his willingness to captain Australia again. He seemed pretty keen to lead Australia again.


“I guess now I’ve got to a point where if the opportunity did come up again I would be keen,” Smith told News Corp. “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. “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.” He said. Steve Smith accepted that he would have to live with what happened in Cape Town irrespective of whether he takes up Australia’s captaincy role or not. The star batsman feels that the incident has helped him grow as an individual and has helped him learn more about himself. He seemed pretty happy to lead Australia again and rightly so. The former Aussie skipper’s captaincy ban has also ended but his board hasn’t shown any signs of handing over the leadership role back to Smith.


Smith was promoted to captain on a full-time basis after Michael Clarke retired following the 2015 Ashes. His record as a captain was decent and he lead Australia to the number one spot in the ICC Rankings in both Tests as well as ODIs. The cheating scandal rocked Australian cricket, resulting in the departure of a string of top coaches and administrators, as well as attempts to alter the men’s team’s win-at-all-costs mentality. However, his captaincy debate hasn’t seemed to have had any affect on his batting. His baton record as a proper batsman as well as a captain are marvelous to say the least. He recently won his third Allan Border Medal as Australia’s best male cricketer last month and was named ICC Test cricketer of the decade late last year. To add to this, he has had a batting average of more than 60 ever since his return to international cricket post the ban.

By Arvind Krishnan

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