Pat Cummins

Over four years on from the Newlands ball-altering embarrassment, Steve Smith has retired his desires of recapturing the Australia captaincy full-time however will happily step in this week as the hosts hope to whitewash West Indies at Adelaide Oval.

For the subsequent Adelaide Test in progression, Smith will commander the side instead of standard captain Pat Cummins on Thursday as the quick bowler rests with a quadricep strain.

Last year, Smith opened in for the Remains Test against Britain when Cummins was precluded by Coronavirus conventions. It demonstrated a consistent progress as Smith scored 93 in the primary innings, took six gets generally speaking and driven Australia to a 275-run win and a 2-0 series lead.

After a year, Smith will expect to lead Australia to a 2-0 series clear against the Caribbeans and expand his country’s ideal record with the pink ball to multi day-night Test wins.

I need to do it my as own would prefer,” Smith told journalists on Wednesday at Adelaide Oval. Having succeeded Michael Clarke as Test skipper in 2015, Smith was deprived of the position over ‘Sandpaper-door’ in 2018 and restricted from administrative roles for quite some time.

After the boycott terminated in Walk 2021, Smith was ignored for the captaincy for Cummins when Tim Paine ventured down last year over a ‘sexting’ embarrassment.