Steve Smith has remained coy on his Test future, just hours after scoring a historic century at the Sydney Cricket Ground against South Africa.
The 33-year-old surpassed the great Don Bradman with his 104 runs against the Proteas, notching up 11 fours and one six on his home deck.
Smith also leapfrogged former captain Michael Clarke for the most runs for Australia in Test history, leaving only three men in front of him – Ricky Ponting, Allan Border and Steve Waugh.
Following recent insight from the likes of David Warner and Usman Khawaja regarding their international future, Smith was quizzed on his own long-term spot in the Australian side during a press conference on Thursday evening.
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“I don’t know…we’ll see,” Smith said.
“I’m enjoying it at the moment. I really can’t say how long I’ll play for – I’m not sure.
“Take it one tour at a time. Just enjoy it and enjoy training and trying to get better as well.
“Whilst I’m doing that I’m happy playing. But I don’t know how long it’ll last.”
Back in November, Smith told The Daily Telegraph that his career was ‘closer to the end’ after dominating the international game for well over a decade.
In an interview with SEN Cricket on Friday morning, Smith moved to clarify his comments and declared he has no immediate retirement plans.
“I was a little bit cryptic there,” he said.
“I’m not going anywhere right now I’ll tell you that.
“I am getting older and I’ll take it tour by tour, but I have no immediate plans to stop playing.”
Smith on his comments last night about his future: “I was a little bit cryptic there. I’m not going anywhere right now I’ll tell you that. I am getting older and I’ll take it tour by tour, but I have no immediate plans to stop playing.”
— SEN Cricket (@SEN_Cricket) January 5, 2023
Smith’s slice of history that further cements his status as ‘the best since Bradman’ came on the same day that the aforementioned Khawaja closed in on his first double-century, with rain halting play late on day two.
When asked about going past the likes of Bradman and Clarke, Smith admitted that it was a nice moment.
“I don’t think about that stuff a great deal,” he said.
“But I did look up at the board just after I got a 100 and to sit third on the list of all time Australians, there’s some pretty big names there so that’s pretty cool.
“Fourth on the run scorers list…I don’t play for that kind of stuff but it was cool to look up and see my name amongst those great players.
“It was pretty special.”
Australia will resume at 4/475 on day three in Sydney, with the weather likely to play a factor once again in the final Test between the two sides.