IND vs AUS: ‘It’s Pat’s team now’, says Steve Smith | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: After leading Australia to a famous victory in India on Friday, Steve Smith said his captaincy “time is up”. Smith led the team in the absence of pat cummins who returned home after the second test to take care of his sick mother.
Australia secured a nine-wicket win at Indore on a ground that offered vicious spin and low rebounding, with Nathan Lyons wreaking havoc in India’s second leg.
“My time is up. It’s Pat’s team now,” said the 33-year-old.


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Smith, who was stripped as captain and handed a one-year ban for a ball-tampering incident in 2018, said he still enjoys making the big calls.

“Listen, India is a part of the world that I love to be captain of,” Smith said.
“It’s a game of chess, every ball means something. It’s good to just move people around and try to get the hitter to do something different and play with them.
“It’s probably my favorite place in the world to be a captain.”
Australia trail the four-game series 1-2. They lost the opening Test by one innings and 132 runs at Nagpur and then suffered a six-wicket defeat at Delhi.


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“We screwed up I guess in Delhi, that’s one way of putting it,” Smith said.
“We had an opportunity there and we let that go but we had a good break and preparation coming here and it was just about restoring our mental state.”

Friday’s win was just Australia’s second Test victory in India since 2004 and means they will go to the ICC World Test Championship final in June at The Oval.
“It’s very satisfying, I thought it was a great team performance from day one,” Smith said.
(With contributions from AFP)


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