Smith, at 31, is still young enough to take over again and said he was a different person to the one that allowed a toxic environment to flourish under his watch.
Graeme Smith allayed doubts about Australia’s slated tour next year despite the political turmoil that Cricket South Africa is currently going through and the country’s struggles to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
Steve Smith ‘took the blame’ for ball-tampering scandal but entire Australia squad was involved, says Andrew Flintoff
Andrew Flintoff believes the entire Australian team was involved in the ball-tampering scandal that rocked world cricket in 2018 and then skipper Steve Smith just "took the blame" to save his side.
Even at his peak, Michael Clarke wasn’t winning any popularity contests back home. Viewed as self-centred bordering on the selfish, it is unlikely that the former Australian skipper’s latest remarks which stopped just short of questioning the commitment of his colleagues would have gained him any friends, home or away.
South Africa vs Australia: David Warner not concerned about 'Sandpapergate' taunts, but asks Proteas fans to not cross the line
Australia opening batsman David Warner has called on South African supporters to show respect ahead of the three-match Twenty20 International series starting in Johannesburg on Friday.
Crowd hostility in South Africa won't faze Steve Smith and David Warner one bit, says Australia pacer Josh Hazlewood
Steve Smith and David Warner will be ready for whatever South African crowds throw at them when the Australia batsmen return to the nation two years after the ball-tampering scandal, paceman Josh Hazlewood has said.
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".
Ashes 2019: 'Accidental' skipper Tim Paine gunning to become first Australian captain in 18 years to win series in England
If his side avoids defeat in the fifth Test against England at The Oval starting Thursday, Tim Paine will join the list of Australia captains who have led the team to an Ashes series win in England. It is a feat no Australia captain has achieved since Steve Waugh oversaw a 4-1 success 18 years ago.
Ashes 2019: We should be applauding Steve Smith and not jeering, urges UK sports minister Nigel Adams
Britain’s sports minister Nigel Adams has described the booing of Australian Steve Smith during the Ashes series as “distasteful” and says the batsman has served his punishment for his part in last year’s ball-tampering scandal.
An emotional Steve Smith admitted his brilliant contribution to Australia's first Test humbling of England was a dream come true after the pain of his ball-tampering ban.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Steve Smith and David Warner ready to face ire of England fans, says Australia coach Justin Langer
Justin Langer believes no amount of crowd abuse Steve Smith and David Warner may receive in England can compare to what they've already experienced.
Steve Smith, David Warner got away with murder, feels West Indies pace legend Curtly Ambrose on duo's one-year ban for ball-tampering
While Smith and Warner are trying to get their place back in the Australian squad for this year's World Cup and Ashes tour, Ambrose feels they should have been banned for two years instead of one.
'Manage David Warner's ego if it starts getting bigger than everyone else,' former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith advises Australia
"It's when he (Warner) starts to get bigger than everybody else then probably management needs to be ready for that. Guys like Langer and whoever is captaining the side going forward need to ensure they stay on top of that and manage that space and that ego well going forward," Smith said.
English county Durham have named Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft, who served a nine-month ban last year for his role in a ball-tampering scandal, as their captain for this season.
Cameron Bancroft smashes unbeaten 138 for Western Australia on return to First-class cricket after 'sandpapergate'
Cameron Bancroft completed his nine-month suspension for cheating in late December and has since played Twenty20 cricket for the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League.
Sandpapergate fallout: Australia announce new sports integrity body to incorporate three existing agencies
The new watchdog, Sport Integrity Australia, will combine the powers of three existing agencies, including the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), to better investigate doping, match-fixing, illegal betting, organised crime, and corruption.
Tim Paine says he sees Steve Smith, David Warner playing 'huge' part in Australia's Ashes defence in England
Skipper Tim Paine Monday said he expects the banned Steve Smith and David Warner to play "a huge" role in this year's Ashes series against England, with Australia now in "a really good place."
Steve Smith to undergo elbow surgery, likely to miss stint with Multan Sultans in Pakistan Super League
Suspended Australia cricketer Steve Smith is set to undergo an elbow surgery two months before his ban is to end, putting his availability for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) under cloud.
Cameron Bancroft looks forward to opening alongside David Warner for Australia despite recent turbulence
Cameron Bancroft insists he holds no grudges against David Warner and is keen to resume their opening partnership for Australia that was derailed by the ball-tampering scandal.
Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft will have to serve full bans for ball-tampering, rules Cricket Australia
Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft will all have to serve their full bans for ball-tampering, Cricket Australia ruled Tuesday after reviewing a submission by the players' union to cut the penalties.