New Zealand Cricket Team, ICC World Test Championship
New Zealand Cricket Team pose with the ICC Test Mace after winning World Test Championship final against India. (Photo: Twitter)

Legendary Australian batsman Steve Smith believes that the ICC World Cup Test Championship [WTC] is a great concept, something that has made Test cricket more exciting.

The inaugural ICC World Test Championship recently came to an end with India and New Zealand locking horns in the summit clash in Southampton last month.

New Zealand eventually won the rubber by seven wickets thanks to their relentless seam-bowling attack which exploited the conditions on offer to the hilt.

Steve Smith, in a recent Q-A session with fans on Instagram, reckoned that New Zealand ‘thoroughly deserved to win the WTC title.

He also added that he is really excited and eagerly awaiting to represent Australia in the next WTC cycle.

“It is definitely a great addition to make the Test cricket more exciting, and I loved to be a part of it this time around. Congratulations to New Zealand for the title they thoroughly deserved to be the inaugural WTC champions. I am really excited for the second cycle and eagerly waiting to represent Australia in it and hopefully perform well.” said Steve Smith.

Virat Kohli Kane Williamson Hug WTC Final
Captains Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli hug after end of WTC final. (Photo: Twitter)

‘Looking forward to playing again in the second half of the IPL for Delhi’- Steve Smith

Steve Smith
Steven Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)

During the Q-A session, Steve Smith also revealed that he is looking forward to representing the Delhi Capitals in the second half of IPL 2021.

He also hailed Rishabh Pant as a ‘friendly’ captain.

“It was exciting to be a part of the team and looking forward to playing again in the second half of the IPL for Delhi. Pant is an impressive player and a friendly captain to be around.” said Smith.

Smith is currently recovering from an elbow injury and this is one of the major reasons why he pulled out of Australia’s white-ball trips to West Indies and Bangladesh.

Following his withdrawal, speculations on Smith’s participation in the T20 World Cup galore.

In a recent interview, Smith said that while he is on track to making a full-fledged recovery before the T20 World Cup. He, however, asserted that his main goal is the upcoming Ashes on home soil and he may well skip the quadrennial event in order to prepare for the Test series against England.

“There’s still a bit of time between now and [the T20 World Cup], and I’m tracking okay at the moment – it’s slow, but I’m going okay. I’d love to be part of the World Cup, for sure, but from my point of view, Test cricket, that’s my main goal – to be right for the Ashes and try to emulate what I’ve done in the last few Ashes series I’ve been involved in,” said Steve Smith.

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