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Amid the sexting scandal, which led to Test skipper Tim Paine stepping down from his post less than three weeks before the start of the Ashes, it is learnt that Australian selectors reportedly made a secret approach to the Cricket Australia (CA) Board in October to bring Steve Smith back as skipper of the Test side.

Smith was the Aussie captain before the 2018 ball-tampering scandal- also known as the Sandpaper gate scandal-blew in the face of the team and resulted in the skipper, vice-captain David Warner and Cameron Bancroft receiving unprecedented sanctions from Cricket Australia.

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Smith was removed and wk batter Paine was made skipper in all formats before Aaron Finch took over the ODI and T201 captaincy.

However, Herald Sun has reported that the Australian selectors approached CA secretly in a bid to get Smith, who served a one-year ban following the scandal, to lead the side again.

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