Australian run-machine Steve Smith may be going through a rare lean patch currently but it is fair to say that the champion batsman has impinged himself as one of the greatest Test batsmen of all time.
Smith was recently adjudged the ICC ‘Test Player of the Decade’, an award he so richly deserved given his astounding consistency in the longest format of the game in the past 10 years.
During the time frame, the run-machine masquerading as a Test match batsman racked up as many as 7040 runs from 69 Tests at an average of 65.79 (Yup! That’s right. Freeking 65.79) with the help of 26 hundreds, 28 half-centuries, and three double centuries.
These numbers look even more ridiculous given the fact that Smith wasn’t a regular member of the Australian set-up till the 2013 Ashes and also because he lost 12 months of international cricket due to the ban he coped for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal.
On Thursday, the Australian cricketer posted a heartfelt message on his Twitter account where he thanked everyone who supported him during the last decade besides adding that he is looking forward to the challenges that lie in front of him in the forthcoming years.
“Humbled to be named Test player of the decade. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me throughout my career so far,” Steve Smith wrote.
“I’ve had a lot of fun, faced many challenges, learnt so much and now I can’t wait to see what the next decade has in store for me,” he added.
Humbled to be named Test player of the decade. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me throughout my career so far. I’ve had a lot of fun, faced many challenges, learnt so much and now I can’t wait to see what the next decade has in store for me 🏏 🙏 pic.twitter.com/wdWWNynnce
— Steve Smith (@stevesmith49) December 31, 2020
Meanwhile, Smith would be looking to kickstart the new decade with a bang by shrugging off his poor run-of-form in the ongoing Test series against India where he has thus far managed scores of- 1, 1*, 0, 8.