Sydney, September 12: Former Australia skipper Steve Smith has made an impressive comeback in international cricket as he top-scored in the ongoing Ashes 2019 with 671 runs in five innings after his comeback to the Test cricket following a 12-month ban for ball tampering in South Africa. Ashes 5th Test 2019 Toss Report: Australia Opt to Field Against England in Final Test Match at Kia Oval.
Former Australia captain Mark Taylor, who was part of the Cricket Australia board that handed Steve Smith a one-year ban and a further year's suspension from any leadership role, seems very satisfied with Smith's stunning form and feels he will lead the team once again.
"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," Taylor said in a column for the Sydney Morning Herald. "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," he added. Ashes 2019 5th Test, Key Players: Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Stuart Broad & Other Cricketers to Watch Out for in England vs Australia Match at the Oval.
"But I'd like to think when (Tim) 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." Meanwhile, another Aussie former captain, Ian Chappell, has also backed Smith to assume the role.