Steve Smith’s international career took a significant downturn when he was found guilty for his role in the ignominious ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test against South Africa in 2018. The 30-year-old was then the skipper of the Australian team but was slapped with a 12-month ban by the national cricketing body.
A year later, Smith capped off a remarkable comeback to the Test arena with a slew of centuries in Australia’s successful Ashes campaign in England. However, part of the punishment imposed on Smith was an additional year-long ban from holding any leadership position.
Now, Smith has been declared free to captain Australia again but doubts remain over whether he will be allowed to take the leadership baton from incumbent skipper Tim Paine. Aussie head coach Justin Langer has repeatedly lauded Paine for his captaincy meaning Smith will have to wait longer for another crack at the skipper role.