CRICKET NEWS - Australian captain Tim Paine has addressed speculation over whether Steve Smith will again lead the team once a ban ends in March, saying he would be fully supportive if it happens "one day".
Smith skippered the team until he was suspended for 12 months over a brazen attempt under his watch to alter the ball with sandpaper in Cape Town last year.
Part of his punishment included a further year-long exile from any leadership role.
Calls have grown for Smith to take over from Paine when the ban is lifted, following batting performances that helped Australia retain the Ashes against England.
Paine, who will turn 35 in December, on Monday brushed off questions surrounding the Australian side's future leadership.