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No captaincy position available, replies Justin Langer after Steve Smith expresses his desire to lead Australia again

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Australia coach Justin Langer gave a befitting reply to Steve Smith after he expressed his desire to captain Australia again.

Former Australia captain Steve Smith has recently said that he would love to take up the captaincy role if he gets another chance. But Australia coach Justin Langer replied by saying that no captaincy position is available as the team is in safe hands with Tim Paine as Test captain and Aaron Finch as white-ball skipper as well.

“We have two very good captains and two important competitions coming up — an Ashes and a T20 World Cup. Our future looks good,” Langer told the ABC, according to Fox Sports. “Despite the media chatter there is no captaincy position available.”

However, on Monday, the former Australia captain for the very first time opened up on this matter ever since his removal as the captain. He was sacked from the captaincy in March 2018, for his involvement in the infamous ‘Sandpaper Gate’ incident against South Africa in Cape Town.

“I’ve certainly had a lot of time to think about it and I guess now I’ve got to a point where if the opportunity did come up again, I would be keen,” Steve Smith told News Corp. “If it was what Cricket Australia wanted and it was what was best for the team at the time, it’s certainly something I would be interested in now, that’s for sure.”

Steve Smith wants to lead Australia if given the chance

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

However, apart from Steve Smith, his deputy David Warner and Cameron Bancroft was also involved, where the bowler was caught on camera attempting to change the condition of the ball using sandpaper as well, and the incident left Australian cricket into crisis too.

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At that time, Paine was handed over the captaincy in Tests but with the wicketkeeper-batsman will turn 37 by the time he will lead the team at home in the Ashes series against England at the end of 2021, which states a clear succession plan would be required too.

However, a few players are there who could replace Paine than the 31-year-old Steve Smith and it is likely to be the fast bowler Pat Cummins who has groomed in the past as Australia’s vice-captain. “I’m always going to have to live with Cape Town regardless of whether I lead again or not. It’s always there,” Smith said. “I’ve been through all that now.”

“Time keeps moving forward, and I’ve learnt so much the last few years about myself and grown as a human being. I feel as though I’d be in a better place if the opportunity did come up. If it doesn’t, that’s fine as well and I’d support whoever is in charge the same way I’ve supported Tim and Finchy. I haven’t always felt like I wanted to do it again. That’s only come in the last little bit,” Steve Smith concluded.

However, Smith will now play in the 14th edition of Indian Premier League as well.

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