AUS vs SA: Steve Smith clarifies retirement whispers after SCG heroics

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  • Steve Smith has opened up on his future in international cricket for Australia.

  • Smith brought up his 30th century in the ongoing Pink-Ball Test against South Africa on Thursday.

AUS vs SA: Steve Smith clarifies retirement whispers after SCG heroics
Steve Smith opens up on his future (Screengrab: @Cricketcomau)

True to his reputation, Steve Smith, one of the Fab 4’s of modern-day cricket, etched his name in history books, surpassing the legendary Sir Donald Bradman after smashing his 30th Test century in the ongoing Pink Ball Test against South Africa on Thursday.

Smith lit up the Sydney Cricket Ground with a scintillating hundred to further push the Proteas on backfoot. The 33-year-old leapfrogged Bradman’s tally of 29 tons and became just the fourth Australian after Ricky Ponting (41), Steve Waugh (32) and Matthew Hayden (30) to reach the 30 Test centuries mark.

Smith’s chainsaw celebration after reaching the triple-figure mark indeed showed how happy he was adding another feather to his illustrious cap. But after the end of the day’s play, the New South Wales cricketer admitted to being uncertain about his future in international cricket.

There is no doubt that Smith will be in Australia’s plans for their upcoming tours against India and England, but the Sydney-born said he is not looking further down the road. Smith said he is taking things one by one and enjoying his game but unsure regarding how long he will wear the baggy green.

“I don’t know, we’ll see. I’m enjoying it at the moment. I really can’t say how long I’ll play for, I’m not sure. Take it one tour at a time, enjoy it, enjoy training and trying to get better. Whilst I’m doing that, I’m happy playing, but I don’t know how long it will last,” said Smith while talking to the reporters.

Smith’s comments stirred social media soon, with many fans left wondering whether Smudge is gonna retire soon enough. However, on Friday morning, the former Aussie skipper confirmed he has no plans to retire and remains motivated.

“I’m always very cryptic with that (retirement) stuff. But I’m not going anywhere; I’m comfortable with where everything is at, we’ve got a few good tours coming up, I’m excited, and I’m still trying to get better. Whilst I still have that hunger and eagerness to try and improve, particularly to help some of the batters coming through… while I’m doing all that, I’m enjoying myself, and I have no plans for retirement,” Smith told Fox Cricket.

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