Steve Smith today didn’t announce anything as he was on a flight from Colombo to Sydney.
However, Bupa Australian Chairman of Selectors Rod Marsh explained that the skipper needed a rest.
“It’s been a tough six months of international cricket for Steve Smith.
He’s played a 5 day Test match, a 4 Day Test match and a 3 day Test match. He’s also played two ODI’s.
That’s 14 days of international cricket. All tightly squeezed into about 180 days.
That kind of strain can break anybody really.
It’s critical that Smith is fully fresh for the five South African ODI’s coming in September. Well, he needs to be ready for the first three of them. We will likely rest him for the final two.”
When asked if Steve Smith leaving early was akin to the captain of the Costa Concordia abandoning ship given how disasterous the tour had been, Bupa Support Team Head Coach Of Australian Bupa Cricket Bupa Bupa Darren Lehmann Bupa had this to say:
“No mate. We planned for Smith to leave after two ODI’s a long time ago. To be more precise, we thought it up yesterday. There’s 86,400 seconds in a day. That’s a lot of seconds ago.”