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India vs Australia: My time as full-time captain is finished, says Steve Smith after Indore Test victory

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India Today Sports Desk

India vs Australia: Steve Smith burdened that he has no ambition to take over from Pat Cummins as Australia’s full-time captain. Smith’s management was lauded after Australia received the Indore Test by 9 wickets.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Mar 4, 2023 13:52 IST

My time as Australia’s full-time Test captain is finished: Steve Smith (AP Photo)

By India Today Sports Desk: Steve Smith has performed down ambitions of changing into Australia’s full-time Test captain as soon as once more after he led a surprising fightback from the vacationers within the third Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy sequence in opposition to India in Indore. Australia have been down 0-2 and never many gave them an opportunity to keep away from a 4-0 whitewash in India after they have been blown away within the first two Tests in Nagpur and Delhi.

However, Australia, beneath stand-in captain Steve Smith, hammered India by 9 wickets, ending the third Test in Nagpur inside 3 days. On a pitch that was rated poor by the International Cricket Council, Australia fought fireplace with fireplace to tug one again and retain their hopes of leveling the sequence.

Pat Cummins, who took over from Tim Paine as Australia’s full-time captain in November 2021, returned house to be together with his ailing mom after the top of the second Test in Delhi. Vice-captain Steve Smith took over the reins and impressed every person together with his management abilities as Australia discovered a method to outclass India, handing the Asian giants solely their second Test defeat within the final 10 years.

Notably, Smith had led Australia in Tests from 2014 to 2018, however he was sacked from the position after his involvement within the ball-tampering scandal in 2018. Smith served a one-year ban and two-year captaincy ban earlier than Australia thought-about him for management roles once more. Smith was named Cummins’s deputy forward of the Ashes.


While stressing that India is considered one of his favorite locations to guide on the planet, Smith made it clear that Pat Cummins remains to be the chief of the Australian Test staff.

“My time is done. It’s Pat’s team now. I’ve obviously been able to stand in this week, obviously in tough circumstances with Patty going home. Our thoughts are still with him back home,” Smith stated after the Indore Test win.

“But India is a part of the world I love captaining … it’s probably my favourite place in the world to captain.

“Every ball is an occasion and subsequently can dictate what occurs after, which is one thing that I actually love and you have to be forward of the sport.

“So I thought I did it well this week and it was good fun,” he added.

Smith led Australia on their 2017 journey to India. The star batter was sensational as captain because the touring aspect gave Virat Kohli-led India a run for his or her cash. Australia misplaced 2-1 however they fought arduous in opposition to the Indian aspect. Smith had led from the entrance, scoring 399 runs in 4 Tests, together with 3 lots of.

Smith is more likely to lead Australia within the 4th Test of the continued Border-Gavaskar Trophy as Cummins is predicted to spend extra time together with his household. Australia will tackle India within the ultimate Test from March 9 after which the 2 groups will meet in a 3-match ODI sequence.

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Mar 4, 2023