In Australia’s cricket, the talk of the town is Steve Smith leading the team after the completion of the suspension period. The player was banned for a year from playing cricket after the sandpaper gate incident. He was also given a two-year ban from captaincy as part of the punishment. While his ban from captaincy will be over next year in March, Australia’s head coach Justin Langer talks about Steve Smith leading the team.
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Steve Smith was in all praise because of his performance in the Ashes 2019. He scored 774 runs which were the highest score in Ashes 2019. His performance in the Test Series has increased his talk about taking over the captaincy. However, Steve Smith in the earlier interview has not shown much interest in taking over the captaincy.
Australia’s coach Langer said that he will talk to Steve Smith for the subject. He said the decision would be taken mutually.
“I’ve built a good relationship with Steve over the last 18 months, and it (the captaincy) is going to come down to honest conversations,” the coach told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Saturday.
“You can see how exhausted he was from the effort he put into his batting (during the Ashes), and whether he wants the burden of captaincy as well is something we’ll have to work out over time. I’ll be one of the selectors, and I think we’ll just work out what’s best.”
David Warner is a champion Player: Justin Langer
Another player who was banned after the ball-tampering incident was David Warner. In Ashes 2019, Warner’s performance was not good as the player lost the wickets early. Justin Langer was inquired about the performance of the player.
Warner was superb in ICC Cricket World Cup and IPL this year, opines Langer. He expresses that the player had a bad face in recent Ashes but he is a champion.
“He had a poor series against England, no doubt. That’s just a fact, and he knows that,” Langer said.
“But he also hasn’t lost his talent, because he was the highest run-scorer in the World Cup two weeks before the Ashes started, and he was the highest run-scorer in the IPL (Indian Premier League) before that. So he can bat.
“The other thing about David Warner, my experience tells me that you never write off champion players. And he’s a champion player.”
Meanwhile, Australian players are busy in the ongoing domestic season. The team will also have a tight international schedule from next month at home ground. They will have T20I series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.