The 2018 sandpaper scandal shook the Australian Cricket Fans. Upon waking up in the morning, the Australians, much to their shock of their Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull realized what the team has done. Cricket Australia conducted their internal investigation and found that Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft were responsible for the incident. It is an irony that someone like Tim Paine, who was appointed to captaincy because of the 2018 scandal, found himself in the midst of a ‘sexting’ scandal, which forced him to step down from the captaincy in 2021. Cricket Australia appointed Pat Cummins in his place and promoted Steve Smith to test vice-captaincy.
Speaking on a podcast to Brett Lee, the former Australian cricketer from New South wales has called it a ‘disgrace’ to keep David Warner at bay from a leadership role. In his own words, “How come David Warner still banned from leadership roles? How Steve can be forgiven and be handed the test captaincy and David Warner still be banned is a bit of a disgrace”.
Cricket Australia banned David Warner and Steve Smith from any leadership roles for a lifetime and 1 year respectively apart from the 1-year international ban from cricket. “Double Standards. You can’t have one rule for one bloke in the same situation. There may be varying degrees of guilt but the responsibility…………..otherwise we are gonna lose one of Australia’s greatest cricketers in David Warner” the former cricketer said further in the Podcast
The likes of Shane Warne pointed out earlier that if Warner is barred from the leadership role, then so should be Smith. According to Warne, Warner has one of the best cricketing brains in the current Australian lineup. Warner’s wife Candice also mentioned during the podcast the she agrees with Warne’s statement.
Steve Smith stepped into the captain’s shoes as Pat Cummins was forced to leave out the Australian setup owing to being in contact with a Covid positive at a steakhouse in Adelaide. He will return to the leadership role in the third test match and so will Josh Hazelwood too, who couldn’t play the second test match due to a niggle.