After the announcement of his return with back-t-back centuries in Ashes Opener at Edgbaston, Steve Smith has rejected the idea that he was eyeing Test Captaincy at the moment. Smith has returned to Australia Test Team after completion of 12-month restriction for his connection in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in 2018. Playing for the first time after long-serving his restriction, Smith has secured the top score for Australia in both the innings with points of 144 and 142.
Steve Smith was quoted saying by sources, “It (the Test captaincy) is certainly not on my radar at the moment.”
Although Smith has served his restriction, he is disqualified to hold any leadership post with the team until March 2020.
Smith has impressed everyone with his fight, has described his role in the team claims, “It’s just about going out there and doing my job as a batsman and scoring runs.”
While challenging that Smith hasn’t considered the captaincy role, adding that he tried to use his experience and quality on the inputs to the existing captain of Australian Cricket Team, Tim Paine.
Smith continued, “Of course, I’m experienced now and able to help in any way that I can.”
He further explained, “(Paine) knows I’m there to help him and give him some suggestions and things like that as much as I can.”
“If I see something I’ll always go to him and try and help for the betterment of the team,” added Smith.
Meanwhile, after drawing in the first innings by 90-runs, Australia gave England a target of 398-runs to win Ashes Opener as announced their innings for 487/7.