Ex-captain Taylor says Steve Smith’s return could heal old wounds

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Ex-captain Taylor says Steve Smith’s return could heal old wounds

The former captain has served a 12-month international playing ban and a two-year suspension from leadership roles

Michael Church

Former skipper Mark Taylor has backed the appointment of Steve Smith as Australia’s vice-captain more than three years after he was stripped of the captaincy for his involvement in the Newlands ball-tampering scandal.

Smith has returned to a leadership role as deputy to newly installed captain Pat Cummins, who was promoted from the vice-captaincy position when Tim Paine quit earlier this month following his involvement in a “sexting” controversy.

Taylor, who captained Australia in 50 Tests from 1994 to 1999, acknowledged Smith’s return would not be universally popular but said it could help make amends for his involvement in the incident in SA in 2018...

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