144 and 142 in Birmingham. 8 runs short of a third successive Test hundred at Lord’s. Double hundred (211) at Old Trafford. In total, he accumulated 774 runs in the entire Ashes series 2019. It was how it went for Steve Smith after his return to the Red-ball cricket at the highest level.
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Following his one-year ban period which ended in the last week of March, Smith returned to the national side for World Cup 2019 but created a real impact during Ashes, where he scored 774 runs from seven innings at a Bradman-Esque average of 110.57.
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The right-handed batsman smashed all the records on his way to help Australia achieve massive success. After a long time, the visiting team retained the Ashes Urn, which witnessed the redemption of Steve Smith. The stellar show made Smith retain his position at the top of the ICC Test Rankings with Kohli sitting behind him.
All the incredible work he put in for the Australia team has already gained huge accolades from the cricket fanatics across the world. Meanwhile, a few of them asked Steve Smith to take the captaincy back in order to deliver his best to the team as the leader of the pack.
Tim Paine is doing a great job – Steve Smith
However, Steve Smith doesn’t want to think about that at the moment. And also, Smith quoted that he is pretty happy with how things are going and stated that Tim Paine is doing a terrific job as the captain of the Test team. Steve Smith feels he is pretty chilled out at the moment off the field.
“I’m not even thinking about that (captaincy) at the moment,” he said. I was pretty chilled out the whole time (in England). I’m obviously pretty intense when I am out there batting but I help out wherever I can. I don’t want to sit back and not say something if I think it might help us. We will cross that bridge later if it comes. At the moment I am comfortable and Tim is doing a great job,” he said to Cricket.com.au.
Well, it would be interesting to see when Steve Smith will be back in his captaincy duties. For now, he is scoring runs for the team on a consistent basis thus removing the stains he had on his back. Recently, he was named in the T20I squad for the upcoming home series as well.
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