As Steve Smith was growing as the Australian captain, his involvement in the ball-tampering saga during Australia’s tour of South Africa in 2018 landed him in a two-year captaincy ban. Now that the suspension is over, many wants to see the reinstallation of prolific batsman as the leader of the pack since wicket-keeper batsman Tim Paine will turn 36 next year.
While cricket pundits expected a tough race, Paine has shown his complete support to Smith if he wants to lead the national team again. The agile cricketer revealed that he is yet to have a conversation about captaincy with Smith, but added that seeing him as a captain in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and The Hundred will bring him joy.
Australia’s next assignment in the purest form of the game is a two-match Test series against Bangladesh. However, the ongoing pandemic, which has brought the cricketing world to a standstill position, has raised series questions about the future of the series.