Star batsman Smith's leadership ban ends 1

Star batsman Smith’s leadership ban ends


Sydney: Steve Smith was banned from leadership for two years after the scandal in South Africa ended the ball on Sunday.

The 30-year-old was the team captain until he was suspended for 12 months for a rude attempt to change the ball of sandpaper under his watch during a 2018 test in Cape Town.

Part of his sentence is a one-year exile that has passed.

While both have successfully resumed their international careers, co-conspirators and former Deputy Captain David Warner have been barred from taking lifelong leadership positions.

There have been calls for Smith to take back Tim Paine’s test captain, but it’s unclear if that will happen, as the 35-year-old looks set to continue the match.

Coach Justin Langer last year praised Paine’s leadership as “brilliant” and said Smith may not want the “burden” of captaincy on top of batting pressures.

Aaron Finch is the captain of Twenty20 and the One-Day Team.

Smith told him on Channel 9 on Sunday that he focused only on trying to stay physically and mentally healthy during the closure of the Australian cricket corona virus.

He should have been willing to make a lot of money in the Indian Premier League, but due to the epidemic, the game has been postponed to April 15.

To curb the spread of the virus, India locked up for three weeks, and Smith acknowledged that IPL was unlikely to continue.

“I think the country’s basically shut its borders until the 15th of April,” he said.

“It’s obviously not looking likely at the moment, I think there might be some meetings over the next couple of days to discuss what the go is with it all.

“But just trying to stay physically fit and mentally fresh,” he added. “If it goes ahead at some point, then great. If not, then there’s plenty going on in the world at the moment. Just play it day by day.”

All cricket activity in Australia has been canceled and the team’s three games against New Zealand this month, the T20 series, have resulted in casualties.

Australia plans a test trip to Bangladesh in June, followed by a one-day campaign in England, but both seem to be in danger.

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