Michael Clarke, Steven Smith
Clarke says Smith won't be leading Australia again. Image Courtesy: Getty

Former Australia skipper, Michael Clarke admitted he would be surprised to see suspended cricketer Steven Smith leading the pack again. While commentating during the 2nd T20I between the hosts and India, Clarke said the suspended players should make a comeback into the Australian side. But he added former skipper Smith may not get to lead his country ever again.

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They would make a return though – Clarke

Steven Smith, Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke said he would be surprised to see Smith leading Australia again. Image Courtesy: Getty

The trio- Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft are currently serving their respective bans after being found guilty of tampering with the ball. The incident happened during the Cape Town Test match against South Africa earlier this year. Smith and Warner were seen playing domestic cricket as well as franchise cricket.

Steven Smith upset but over it – Cummins

Recently, pacer Pat Cummins revealed Smith was quite disappointed by happenings related to the unsuccessful bid by the player’s union to get the ban lifted. Cummins said Smith was upset, but he is over it.

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Pat Cummins says Steven Smith is still upset over it. Image Courtesy: Getty

“To be honest, I think he’s just over it – all the speculation and talks.  He’s just over it. He wants to play some cricket. There’s some good T20 comps around the world coming up that hopefully he’ll go and play. I think he’s sick of all the talk. He said he’s in a really good place. He’s happy; he’s playing – obviously, he’d love to be playing the Tests and everything else coming up. But he’s just ready to get over it.” Cummins said.

The Australian side under new coach Justin Langer is still finding its feet. They have struggled to win abroad and haven’t been effective at home too.

In ODIs, the yellow brigade has had some forgettable games while in Tests the players lacked application. But it looks certain that Smith and Warner will make their way back in the side ahead of the 2019 World Cup.

Sayantan Bhattacharjee

A student of the game. Averaged 35-plus in gully cricket.