Observer, The (Gladstone, Australia) – Banished Australian captain Steve Smith has broken an eight-month silence, opening up on his ‘leadership failure’ during the ball-tampering scandal and answering questions about a possible return as Australian captain and rumours of a rift with David Warner.

Summary

  • Banished Australian captain Steve Smith has broken an eight-month silence, opening up on his ‘leadership failure’ during the ball-tampering scandal and answering questions about a possible return as Australian captain and rumours of a rift with David Warner.
  • Smith has spoken to reporters for the first time in Australia since repeatedly breaking down upon arrival at Sydney airport after the Cape Town cheating scandal.
  • Smith says he hasn’t thought about leading Australia again, praising Tim Paine and Aaron Finch’s leadership in his absence.
  • The former skipper said it was hard watching Australia from the sidelines but he was proud of how the team performed – and handled himself – in the second Test against India in Perth.
  • Asked if he wants to captain Australia again, Smith said: “At the moment I am happy where I’m at.


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