Daily Mail UK – The door is open for Steve Smith to return as captain from 2020 onwards, but Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive James Sutherland says the banned batsman has a “very steep hill to climb”.

Summary

  • The door is open for Steve Smith to return as captain from 2020 onwards, but Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive James Sutherland says the banned batsman has a “very steep hill to climb”.
  • CA has barred Smith from holding a leadership position for a further 12 months – with Tim Paine to lead the side in his absence – starting with the fourth Test against South Africa that begins on Friday.
  • “He’s got a very steep hill to climb to rebuild the confidence and faith of the Australian public,” Sutherland said, when asked if Smith could potentially lead the side again.
  • CA’s sanctions dictate David Warner will never hold another leadership position, but Sutherland denied the opener’s cards had been privately marked and he would never play international cricket again.
  • STEVE SMITH’S RECORD AS TEST SKIPPER * 34 matches (18 wins, 10 losses, 6 draws) * Helped Australia capture the No.


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