There could not have been a better way to make a return into the longest format of the game as Steve Smith has done it in the Ashes 2019 Test series. He has amassed a massive tally of 671 runs in five innings at a phenomenal average of 134.20 which includes two centuries, one double hundred and two half-centuries. Smith’s lowest score in the series is 82 in the second innings of the fourth Test in Manchester.
It was expected to be really tough for Smith to leave this kind of impact after having returned from the tough 12-month ball tampering ban. As a captain, he had then accepted the mistake of changing the condition of the ball after which Cricket Australia (CA) barred him from taking over the captaincy reigns for a year after the ban.
However, former Aussie batsman Mark Taylor reckons Steve Smith will be leading the national team once again. Taylor was the member of the Aussie board when the punishments were decided for the trio of Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.
“I believe Smith will captain Australia again. I was on the Cricket Australia board that determined the penalties for Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft over the events of Cape Town and have no doubt he will be a better leader next time around because of the very harsh lessons he learnt,” Mark Taylor mentioned.
Smith is allowed to be appointed as the Australian captain after April 1. Taylor stated that Smith is the best person suited to replace Tim Paine as the captain of Test team. The former Australian cricketer, Ian Chappell, mentioned that there is no other suitable candidate to lead the national team.
“To me it’s not a matter of whether he (Smith) becomes captain again on April 1. It doesn’t have to happen that quickly. But I’d like to think when Paine is finished as Test captain — whether that’s in six months’ time or two or three years — he would be a candidate to lead the side again,” Taylor concluded.