India vs Australia: CA applauds 'leader' Steve Smith for his 'gracious comments' after Dharamsala Test

PTI, Mar, 29 2017

Melbourne: Cricket Australia on Wednesday lauded captain Steve Smith for his "honesty and gracious comments" at the end of a bitterly-fought Test series against India and also hailed the resilience and determination shown by the side.

Steve Smith addresses the media after the fourth Test in Dharmasala. PTI

Steve Smith addresses the media after the fourth Test in Dharmasala. PTI

Smith had apologised at the end of Dharamsala Test and conceded that emotions got the better of him several times in the series which Australia lost 1-2.

"They came very close to winning the series but did achieve Australia's first Test win in India since 2004. There were many fine individual performances, but none better than those of the captain," CA Chairman David Peever said in a statement.

"Steve showed yet again what an outstanding leader he is becoming, and his honesty and gracious comments at the end demonstrated the qualities that Australians expect from their Test captain," he added.

The Chairman said CA was proud of the team.

"As the team arrives home over the next two days, they will find that all of Australia is immensely proud of their efforts. Some gave them little chance of testing the world's number one team, but instead showed resilience, adaptability and a determination to overcome the difficulties they have experienced in recent years in such conditions."

"Credit must also be given to the Bupa Support Team staff, who helped the squad prepare so well in Dubai, and then guided them through the lengthy visit."

Peever said Australia would "aspire to be number 1 in all formats".

Published Date: Mar 29, 2017 | Updated Date: Mar 29, 2017



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
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2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115