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Sport Steve Smith doesn't believe pressure of captaincy will hinder his batting

01:10  07 november  2019
01:10  07 november  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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With his captaincy ban expiring in March next year, the calls are getting louder for Steve Smith to be reinstalled as Test skipper.

Whilst he's stood up resoundingly in testing times, highlighted by Australia's retention of the Ashes, incumbent skipper Tim Paine's days in the role appear numbered at 35-years-old.

Adding to that is the fire he came under for some of his decisions during this year's series in England, particularly his use of DRS during the Aussies' narrow third Test loss.

Whilst he's downplayed suggestions Smith will immediately be handed back the duties next year Australian coach Justin Langer has left the door ajar.

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However, Langer is also wary of heaping more pressure on the 30-year-old, who is just a few months back from his ban from the Cape Town sandpaper saga.

"We have to work out what's best," Langer told ABC Grandstand recently.

"I mean you saw how exhausted he was from the effort he puts into his batting, whether he wants the burden of Captaincy as well, that'll be something we work out over time.

"Timing's an amazing thing as well. Tim Paine is doing a brilliant job at the moment. He's been outstanding in his time as Captain.

Smith has been reserved in the past regarding his desire to earn back the Australian captaincy and has reiterated how pleased he is just to be back playing again.

However, the freakish batsman doesn't believe a break from the pressures of captaincy have impacted his performances.

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Australia captain Steve Smith , top left, admitted to a ball-tampering plan after Cameron Bancroft, top right, was caught on camera working the ball with a small yellow object. Bancroft appeared to show a small piece of black cloth to the umpires when called over, bottom left. Composite: Sky Sports/Getty.

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"I actually think I play better with pressure, that extra sort of pressure when the team needs something more," Smith said ahead of Australia Twenty20 clash in Perth against Pakistan.

"My record is probably better when I'm captain than when I'm not, it's pretty hard to distinguish the two but that sort of pressure doesn't really both me.

"As I said I'm not thinking about captaincy at this point in time, or anything like that. I'm really comfortable with what I'm doing."

Once Paine retires, Smith is the clear favourite to adopt the role, however he's not the only name that's been discussed.

Australian great Geoff Lawson has been outspoken with his preference for Pat Cummins, who he believes possess the mental toughness required for the role.

Meanwhile, rising star Alex Carey is another who has been earmarked and will be given a taste of the captaincy when he leads Australia A against Pakistan in a three-day tour match starting next Monday.

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