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Steve Smith 'Keen' To Lead Australia Again, If Given Chance

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By IANS News
March 29, 2021 • 22:27 PM View: 2462

Australian batting mainstay Steve Smith, who was dethroned as captain following the 'Sandpaper-Gate' scandal in Cape Town Test in March 2018 and was suspended, has said he would be keen to lead the national team again, if given an opportunity.

"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. If it was what Cricket Australia (CA) 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," Smith told News Corp.

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"I am always going to have to live with Cape Town regardless of whether I lead again or not. It's always there. 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."

CA banned Smith, 31, from playing international cricket for 12 months and was also barred from a leadership position with the national team for two years following the Cape Town scandal. He has since returned to the Australian team as its batting mainstay in both white-ball and Test cricket.


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