Former wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist believes that Steve Smith can still be seen leading Australia at the highest level again and that the right-hander has “every chance” for it.
In March 2018, Cricket Australia banned Steve Smith, David Warner for one year and Cameron Bancroft for a period of 9 months, after the trio was found out guilty of the offense where they were deliberately trying to alter the condition of the ball during the Cape Town Test against South Africa using a piece of sandpaper.
The incident raised allegations and doubts about the moral and ethical values of the kind of culture that Australian Cricket seems to have developed over the years.
This is when the earlier head coach Darren Lehmann resigned from his position despite his contract not expiring till the completion of Ashes 2019.
Smith is not allowed to play for the country until his ban gets over at the end of the home summer next year and is further banned from leading Australia for another year after that. Perspectively, Smith might never captain Australia again but Gilchrist feels, that can change.
"I don’t think it’s out of the question that Steve Smith could possibly captain Australia again one day," he was quoted saying on Tuesday, October 9 to foxsports.com.au, "He’s young enough and if he wants to play long enough, there’s every chance ... Wouldn’t that be an amazing story of redemption?"
“We all understood that he’s shown his remorse and his disappointment in himself and the damage that came out of that incident ... Who knows down the track but it’s a long way off,” he added.