Steve Smith To Become As Australia’s Captain Again? Head Coach Justin Langer 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. Head coach Justin Langer recently spoke of the same and said that it is highly unlikely that Smith will take up the leadership role.
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.Justin Langer. Credit: Getty Images
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Justin Langer believes it is not an easy choice to make and with Smith admitting his exploits — 774 runs in just seven innings — left him mentally and physically shattered. Langer will be one of the party who will sit down along with the other selectors to decide on Australia’s next captain but he feels it will take some time.
“You can see how exhausted he was from the effort he put into his batting (during the Ashes), and whether he wants the burden of captaincy as well is something we’ll have to work out over time,” told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Saturday. “I’ll be one of the selectors, and I think we’ll just work out what’s best,” he added.Steve Smith. (Credit: Getty)
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Steve Smith scored a total of 774 runs in the seven innings he has batted in the ongoing Ashes in England. In the process, the former Aussie skipper leapfrogged Virat Kohli to occupy the top rank in the ICC Test Rankings.
Recently, Smith made it into the Twenty20 side against Sri Lanka. He will hope to have the same exploits as he had in the Tests to lead the side to another series win.