Steve Smith To Be Back As Australia’s Captain? Cricket Australia CEO Answers
Steve Smith has made a historic return to Australia team helping them to retain the Ashes in England for the first time since 2001. Post that, the speculation of Smith taking over the captaincy from incumbent Tim Paine is on an all-time high. But Cricket Australia (CA) CEO Kevin Roberts has intimated that they have not guaranted immediate leadership to Smith.
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With a one year ban for his role in the ball-tampering skills, Cricket Australia had said that Smith cannot lead any team for another one year. As the ban on leading Australia to end in March, the debates are on an all-time high post his incredible batting performances.
While former cricketers – Ricky Ponting, Mark Taylor, and Justin Langer have backed Steve Smith to be at the helm of things once again. But CA boss Kevin Roberts is happy how the incumbent captains – Tim Paine and Aaron Finch have gone about in the last few years. Thus, Roberts don’t see any need to change things any time soon.Kevin Roberts. Credit: Getty Images
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“It’s important that we crawl before we walk and acknowledge that there’s no one in Australian cricket other than Tim Paine that could’ve led the Australian men’s Test team the way he has over the last 18-plus months – out of crisis [and] into a position of relative strength and improving all the time having retained the Ashes and hoping to win the upcoming series against Pakistan and New Zealand,” Roberts told SEN on Thursday.
“We’re excited and grateful that we’ve got him as our leader for this coming season and we’ll address the other matters with Steve when the time comes,” he added.Steve Smith. (Credits: Twitter)
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Furthermore, Kevin Roberts stressed that Steve Smith’s chances of captaining Australia again would be reliant on the cricket public endorsing his re-appointment – something that shouldn’t be too hard to achieve if he continued the incredible form he displayed in this year’s Ashes series.
Australia will resume cricket on Sunday when they play Sri Lanka in the first of the three-match T20I series.