‘It’s unfinished business’ – Steve Smith not content with Australia retaining the Ashes
Steve was the leading run-scorer in the 2019 Ashes after making his Test comeback following the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town.
Updated - Aug 5, 2020 6:33 pm
Whenever Test cricket is spoken about, one of the first names that comes to everyone’s mind is Steve Smith. The Australian batsman has taken Test match batting to another level. While the longest format of the game is yet to attract a whole lot of viewers, the Australian number four has entertained the audience with his batting antics. It isn’t a surprise that he is ranked as the ICC’s number-one Test batsman.
Australia’s premier batsman made his Test comeback after serving a ban for ball-tampering in the Ashes last year and despite the fact that skipper, Tim Paine’s side retained the urn for the first time since 2001 with a 2-2 score line, Smith feels they have ”unfinished business” in England.
It’s great to retain the Ashes: Steve Smith
Smith’s comments were published in Cricket Australia’s website, where he said, “To know that we’d got the Ashes back was pretty special, unfortunately, we could not win it and that is something I still want to do.” Ashes is one of the biggest tournament’s in world cricket and there’s no doubt why it would’ve been a special feeling for the entire Australian team.
“From my personal perspective, I think it’s unfinished business. It’s great to retain the Ashes but it just doesn’t sit right with me when you don’t win it,” he mentioned. The cricket world could see how badly he wanted it as despite being injured he wanted to continue playing. .
“So I probably left at the end of the fifth test (feeling) more disappointed than a sense of achievement,” Smith said. Australia were very close to winning the Ashes but a few mistakes cost them the championship. It was not only disappointing for the players but a real disappointment for the fans as well.
Smith was awarded the Compton-Miller Medal as a player of the series after scoring 774 runs at an average of 110.57 from four Tests. In the same series, he also gained his number one Test spot, toppling Indian skipper Virat Kohli
He would soon be seen leading the Rajasthan Royals in United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Australian batsman had taken over mid-season in 2019 and was appointed as the permanent captain for the 2020 season.