‘No position available’: Justin Langer shuts down Steve Smith for showing interest in captaincy

Moments after former Australia skipper Steve Smith spoke about being open to main the nationwide crew if the chance does current itself in the longer term, coach Justin Langer has stated there’s no position obtainable for captaincy because the unit is in good arms with Tim Paine (Test captain) and Aaron Finch (white-ball captain).

“We have two very good captains and two important competitions coming up — an Ashes and a T20 World Cup. Our future looks good,” Langer informed the ABC, as reported by Fox Sports.

“Despite the media chatter there is no captaincy position available,” he added.

On Monday, Smith for the primary time got here out to speak about his keenness to guide Australia as soon as once more if given the possibility. Smith was eliminated because the captain as soon as he confirmed his involvement in the Sandpaper Gate fiasco in the Cape Town Test towards South Africa in March 2018.

“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,” Smith had informed 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,” he added.

Smith was banned from worldwide cricket by Cricket Australia for one yr together with opening batsman David Warner for their involvement in the Sandpaper Gate. Cameron Bancroft was additionally handed a nine-month suspension.

“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,” stated Smith.

Ever since Australia misplaced the house sequence towards India, Tim Paine has coped extreme criticism and there have been calls to exchange the Test skipper.

Smith will subsequent be seen in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) starting April 9. The right-handed batsman will characterize Delhi Capitals in the cash-rich league.

(With ANI inputs)

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