Steve Smith says he won’t be able to do much about Australia’s ‘hectic’ schedule in the forthcoming World Test Championship cycle. The Australians will play two Tests each against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, as well as four Tests away from home against India.
In the WTC cycle from August 2021 to June 2023, Australia will play 18 Tests. Eight of these matches will take place in the subcontinent. Subcontinental tours, according to Steve Smith, put players to the test physically, intellectually, and emotionally.
In an interview with cricket.com.au, the batsman said:
“It’s pretty hectic, so there’s plenty to look forward to, obviously including the Ashes and then tours to the subcontinent which, particularly in Test cricket, they challenge you physically, mentally and emotionally. They’re great tours to be involved in and really test you as a player. I’m certainly looking forward to those. As someone that loves Test cricket, I’d love to play as much as we can, but I’m not in control of scheduling,” Steve Smith said.
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In subcontinental circumstances, Australia has lost its last five Test series, twice to India, thrice to Pakistan, and once to Sri Lanka. They last won a series in Asia under Michael Clarke’s captaincy, when they defeated Sri Lanka.
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Steve Smith has thrown his support behind the World Test Championship, calling it a “great concept” that will give some games more meaning. Australia will begin their new World Cup cycle campaign in December when they play England in a five-match Test series.
“I think (the WTC) is a pretty cool concept – to have more relevance in every game you play, I think is great. We were obviously very disappointed not to be (in the final), and over the last couple of years we talked about it being our focus of where we wanted to get to, but we fell short.”
The inaugural World Test Championship saw Australia barely lose out on a place in the finals. The Australians still had a chance to enter the playoffs after their series loss to India earlier this year, but their three-Test series in South Africa was postponed because to the COVID-19 outbreak.