In the wake of recent rumours surrounding the potential retirement of Australian cricket star Steve Smith from Test cricket, the batter’s longtime manager, Warren Craig, has emphatically dismissed any notions of Smith following his compatriot David Warner into retirement after the upcoming home summer.
Steve Smith’s manager debunks the former Australian skipper’s Test retirement
With Warner’s impending retirement from Test cricket looming on the horizon, speculations were rife that Smith, another stalwart of Australian cricket, could be the next in line to hang up his boots. However, Craig, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, has provided clear and concise clarification, assuring fans and cricket enthusiasts that Smith has no plans of retiring at this point in time.
“I can debunk that (retirement) at this point in time. He is still talking about things he wants to achieve,” stated Smith’s manager, quashing any doubts about the star batter’s future in Test cricket.
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Smith is gearing up for the Pakistan Tests
Smith, widely regarded as one of the modern-era greats, boasts an impressive record, accumulating 9,320 runs in 102 Tests at an average of 58.61, with 32 centuries and 39 fifties.
While Smith’s statistics for the current year may not match his consistently high standards, with 777 runs in 11 Tests at an average of 43.16, the manager emphasized that Smith remains focused on his goals and aspirations in the cricketing world.
This year has presented challenges for Australia’s premier batter, but his upcoming appearance in the Sydney Sixers’ Big Bash League (BBL) season-opener against the Melbourne Renegades is expected to serve as a one-off opportunity for fans to witness Smith’s prowess before he joins the Test squad for three matches against Pakistan in Perth.
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As the cricketing world eagerly anticipates the Australian home summer Tests, Smith’s resolute commitment to the game is set to be on full display, putting to rest any retirement speculations and reassuring fans that the cricketing maestro has more to achieve in the whites of Test cricket.