Steve Smith: After batting champion Steve Smith dispelled retirement speculations on Friday during the third Test against the Proteas, the Australian cricket team may sigh with relief. After Smith said, “I honestly can’t predict how long I’ll play for,” following his 30th Test century, the rumors of his retirement gained momentum. He has refuted those allegations, saying he has no immediate plans to retire.

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After scoring his 30th century at the SCG during the third and final Test of the series against the Proteas, Steve Smith surpassed the legendary Don Bradman’s previous mark of 29 hundred. But after giving a mysterious press conference that hinted at his future, the batting champion caused a commotion. Smith clarified the situation following the media kerfuffle surrounding his retirement in the most recent interview with Fox Sports.

AUS VS SA: “Always Very Cryptic”: Steve Smith

He is eager for the next assignments and has no immediate intentions to retire.

“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. No, I don’t have a plan, but I’m 33 now. It’s been a long time.”

The former skipper said during the rain delay on Friday

This is not the first time the 33-year-old has sparked concerns about his future, in November, a candid interview sparked thoughts that he might be retiring. The Australian player said he was “definitely closer to the end than the start,” although he did not specify when he would retire.

“No, I don’t have a plan, but I’m 33 now. I’ve been playing international cricket for 13 years. It’s been a long time. I’m still enjoying it, but I’m certainly closer to the end than the start, that’s for sure,” he told The Daily Telegraph in November.

Steve Smith’s Records

AUS VS SA: On the second day of the third test against South Africa on Thursday, the 33-year-old former captain hit his 30th test century, passing Donald Bradman in the list of Australian century-makers. Smith’s century resulted in a number of records being broken. Only Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting have scored more centuries in Test matches than he has, sharing third place with Matthew Hayden.

In the world, he is the second-quickest to the mark after the legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar. Smith stated on Thursday that he is not considering going any farther down the road than joining his colleagues for the upcoming tour of India and the Ashes in England. On the second day of the third Test at the SCG, Australia maintained its lead over South Africa.

After Steven Smith got his first century of the series, Usman Khawaja was on the verge of scoring his first double-century. Here are the most important statistics from day two.

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