IND vs AUS: My time as captain is done, this is Patty’s team, says Steve Smith

Australia’s stand-in skipper Steve Smith has made it clear that he has no interest in captaincy as this is a Pat Cummins team.

“My time as captain is done. This is Patty’s team” Smith told reprters after the match.

Steve Smith has won all three Tests as captain in the absence of Pat Cummins. Cummins has missed three Tests over the past 18 months, for varying reasons, with Smith stepping up for the role.

Australia defeated England by 275 runs at Adelaide Oval in 2021 before toppling the West Indies by 419 runs.

Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden has heaped praise on Steve Smith.

“He was inspired yesterday,” former Australian batter Matthew Hayden said in commentary.

“You could tell that he was right in the match. He has been brilliant. Tactically on point, up for the challenge.”

Steve Smith also became the first touring captain to win two Tests in India since former England skipper Alastair Cook achieved the feat in 2012. He is also the first Australian captain to win a Test in India on multiple tours.

During the post-match presentation, Smith said he enjoys captaining in the sub-continent.

“I really enjoyed this week. I like captaining in this part of the world. I feel like I understand the conditions really well and the intricacies of the game,” Smith said in the post-match presentation.

“There’s an event every ball … it’s a lot different to the other parts of the world.

“I think I did a reasonable job this week.”

Australia defeated India by nine wickets inside two and half days to win the Indore Test.

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