Has enough time passed for Steve Smith’s sins to be forgiven? | Megan Maurice

Had Tim Paine’s captaincy ended under more illustrious circumstances would this question even be asked?

It has been more than three and a half years since Steve Smith’s captaincy of the Australian men’s Test team ended in tears. A fair bit has happened since then – enough that the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town that cost Smith his job feels as if it was from another era entirely.

At the time of the investigation into Smith’s role in the incident, Cricket Australia ruled that “any consideration of future leadership would be conditional on acceptance by fans and the public, form and authority among the playing group.” With Smith announced on Friday as the Test vice-captain, alongside new captain Pat Cummins, the governing body clearly believes these criteria have been fulfilled.

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