Australia's head coach Justin Langer has turned down all the rumours of Steve Smith becoming Australia's captain again after the latter had stated that he is ready to don the leadership hat. Read more - [Video] Catch of the Season ?? Taskin Ahmed takes a blinder in the ongoing T20 match between NZ and BAN
Backing Tim Paine and Aaron Finch, Langer told ABC, "We have two very good captains and two important competitions coming up — an Ashes and a T20 World Cup. Our future looks good.
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Earlier, Steve Smith had commented publicly that he is interested to return to the captaincy after the 'sandpapergate'.
However, Langer has denied the claim and also said that there is no captaincy position available.
Steve Smith currently holds the second spot in ICC Test Batsman Rankings and is well beyond Kane Williamson, who's the number one ranked batsman in the format. Smith took over the national captaincy from Michael Clarke in late 2015 and then in 2018, he was stripped out of the role following the 'sandpapergate'.
In all, Smith has captained Australia in 34 Tests, 51 ODIs and 8 T20Is and has a win percentage of more than 50 in each formats. Under his leadership, Australia won 18 Tests and lost 10, while six were drawn.
After a one-year ban, Smith returned to International cricket in the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England. He was awarded a national contract by Cricket Australia and Smith was impactful in Australia's journey to the semi-finals as he became only the second batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to score four consecutive fifties in Cricket World Cup Knockouts.