Steve Smith, after asserting his Take a look at return with back-to-back centuries within the Ashes opener at Edgbaston, dismissed the concept that he was eyeing Take a look at captaincy for the time being. Smith returned to Australian Take a look at staff after finishing a 12-month ban for his involvement in ball tampering scandal in South Africa final yr. Playing for the first time after serving his ban, Smith top-scored for Australia in each the innings with the scores of 144 and 142 respectively.
“It (the Take a look at captaincy) is actually not on my radar for the time being,” Smith was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
Though Smith has served his ban, he’s ineligible to carry any management place with the staff until March subsequent yr.
Smith, who has impressed everyone with his batting, describing his function within the staff mentioned, “It is nearly going on the market and doing my job as a batsman and scoring runs”.
Whereas denying that he has not thought-about the captaincy function, Smith mentioned that he tries to make use of his expertise and cross on the inputs to the current captain Tim Paine.
“After all, I am skilled now and capable of assist in any method that I can,” the previous Australia skipper mentioned.
“(Paine) is aware of I am there to assist him and provides him some solutions and issues like that as a lot as I can,” Smith defined.
“If I see one thing I will at all times go to him and attempt to assist for the betterment of the staff,” he added.
In the meantime, after trailing within the first innings by 90 runs, Australia have given England a goal of 398 runs to win the Ashes opener as they declared their innings for 487/7.