The future of Australian cricket icon Steve Smith has been a subject of intense speculation recently, given his subpar performance in comparison to his usual high standards. However, Smith's manager, Warren Craig, has firmly squashed rumors of the cricket star's retirement from Test cricket this season. He asserts that Smith still harbors ambitions to achieve greater milestones in his illustrious career, including participation in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup and a home series against India.
Smith's Career: A Glance at the Past and Future
Smith's contributions to cricket have been monumental, amassing 9,320 runs in 102 Tests and 5,356 runs in 155 ODIs. He now eyes the prestigious achievement of becoming the fourth Australian cricketer to score 10,000 runs on home soil. Despite his recent struggles against powerful opponents like India and England, Smith looks forward to rebounding in the forthcoming series against Pakistan and West Indies.
Tackling the Challenge: Age and Performance
Former Australian skipper Mark Taylor acknowledges the formidable challenges Smith faces in his mid-thirties. The drop in form is palpable, with Smith averaging 34 across nine Test matches since the end of last season. Yet, Taylor does not discount the possibility of a resurgence in form for the seasoned cricketer. After all, Smith has an overall Test average of 58.61, a testament to his consistency and prowess at the crease.
Retirement Rumors: Dispelled by Manager
Smith's future plans have been a topic of fervent discussion in cricketing circles. However, his manager has firmly refuted any plans of retirement, stating that Smith is still talking about things he wants to achieve. The retirement of fellow cricketer David Warner might have fueled speculation around Smith's future, but according to Craig, Smith remains committed to achieving more with the national team.