News – Hall of famer Ricky Ponting believes Steve Smith has matured and developed as a person during his one-year ban and will once again captain Australia in the years to come.

Summary

  • Hall of famer Ricky Ponting believes Steve Smith has matured and developed as a person during his one-year ban and will once again captain Australia in the years to come.
  • He and vice-captain David Warner, who was revealed by Cameron Bancroft as the ball-tampering mastermind on Wednesday ahead of his return from a nine-month ban, aren’t eligible to return for Australia until March 29, while Smith can’t regain any of the formal leadership responsibilities for another year.
  • By the time Smith is eligible to captain Australia again, current leader Tim Paine, who inherited the role following the events in Cape Town, will be 35.
  • Ponting’s comments come less than a week after Smith fronted the Australian media for the first time since his emotional press conference upon return home following the scandal in March.
  • While Smith said his first priorities would be getting back into the side, supporting the current leadership team and earning the trust of the Australian public, he didn’t close the door on captaining Australia again.


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