The fourth and final Test of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy between Australia and India will be captained by Steve Smith because regular captain Pat Cummins has chosen not to play in the series-deciding match in Ahmedabad on March 9.
Cummins, who left the tour after the second Test in Delhi last month, will remain in Australia, where his mother Maria is undergoing palliative care for breast cancer.
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In the third Test in Indore, Smith, who has insisted that his time as Australia’s full-time captain is finished, stepped in admirably to lead the tourists to a historic victory in India, maintaining their hopes of tying the series in Ahmedabad this week.
The fast-bowling all-rounder Cummins’ availability for the three-match ODI series beginning March 17 will be decided later, but it is unlikely that he will participate further. In that circumstances, Smith might captain Australia in ODI matches as well.
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“My time is done”- Steve Smith as full-time Test captain
While Steve Smith has played down his chances of becoming Australia’s full-time Test captain, the cricketing world would have liked to see him lead Australia in more Tests, especially after his captaincy in Indore. Although Smith is the Test team’s full-time vice-captain, he has stated that he has no ambition to assume Cummins’ place as captain.
“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,” Steve Smith said after the Indore Test win.
India will play against Australia in the fourth Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, starting on March 9.
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