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Australia’s premier batsman Steve Smith has made a remarkable comeback to Test cricket by slamming two consecutive hundreds in the Ashes series opener to provide his side an early lead in the World Test Championship. Smith’s batting heroics at Edgbaston come after he was banned for a period of 12 months for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal.

Smith was stripped of his captaincy post as a result and was replaced by Tim Paine as the leader of the Australian team. In the recent Ashes Test match, however, Smith was often observed to be calling the shots on the field despite Paine officially leading the side giving birth to rumors of the world number three batsman in line as the next captain.

Cricket Australia (CA) Chairman Earl Eddings has ruled out such a possibility and confirmed reappointing Smith as skipper is not on their agenda.

“It's not even on our radar. We've got a captain doing a great job. Steve has just come back into the side. We haven't even thought about it or mentioned it at board meetings,” Eddings said.

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