“I have not said anything to anyone…”: Steve Smith clarified His Retirement Rumors

Former Australia captain Steve Smith, known for his prolific performances in Test cricket, recently addressed the rumors surrounding his retirement from red-ball cricket. Despite being in great form and scoring consistently, Smith was taken aback when rumors about his retirement emerged online.

Steve Smith has been in exceptional form, amassing 723 runs in 11 Test matches this year. The World No.6 ranked Test batsman has been a key player for Australia, contributing significantly with the bat. Despite his remarkable performance, the sudden rumors of his retirement surprised him and the cricketing fraternity.

The rumors of Smith’s retirement originated from a statement made by former England captain Michael Vaughan, who claimed to have heard about the possible retirements of both David Warner and Steve Smith after the Ashes series. However, Smith dismissed these speculations, asserting that he has not made such decisions and is not planning to retire from Test cricket.

Smith said, “I am not retiring. I have no idea where this report emerged. I have not said anything to anyone and am not going anywhere yet.”

Following the controversy surrounding his rumored retirement, Smith expressed that he is focused on playing cricket at his best. He clarified that he played one of his best innings in recent times during the first innings of the final Ashes Test. Smith’s knock of 71 off 123 balls, featuring six fours, showcased his prowess as a top-class batsman.

Further, Smith stated that he played one of his best innings in recent times. “I feel pretty good. Today is the best I played outside of the WTC final. I would have loved to get a hundred, but two centuries in the last six games is good.”

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Despite his impressive performances, Smith admitted that he would have loved to convert his half-century into a century during the match. However, he expressed satisfaction with his overall form and highlighted that he has registered two centuries in the last six games, which is a testament to his consistent performance.

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