Steve Smith launched a fiery retort to his critics after marking a century of drought control at SCG.
The Australian champion batsman was eventually knocked out for 131 against India and his celebration of reaching three figures was even more exuberant than usual.
He broke eight tests without a century for Smith – which wouldn’t be a problem for lethal gamers.
But the 31-year-old looked irritable in the first two tests of the Border-Gavaskar series, scoring just 10 points in three strokes.
Smith recalls a century against India
“I read a lot of stuff, people say I’m out of shape, but I think there’s a difference between out of shape and out of race,” Smith told Fox Cricket after reaching the century.
“It’s just nice to mark a few and maybe keep a few people quiet.”
It’s unclear who Smith was referring to, but there’s also the interesting sub-plot of his loss of his World No. 1 Test Batsman ranking to New Zealand’s Kane Williamson.
“It’s good to have a hundred on my field, I love playing here,” said Smith.
“Obviously I have a lot of good memories here, so good having three numbers and trying to put the team in a good position now.”
Before the test, Australian legends Mark Taylor and Ian Chappell have moved to allay concerns surroundings The collapse of Smith’s form.
“Right now he’s a victim of what’s happening to all of us in the game, I don’t see it that much,” Taylor said. Great world of sport.
“I dare say that knowing Steve, he’s probably more worried than most of us. I think the game comes back and bites us all the time.
Australia was eliminated for 338 the second day of the third test, a good retort from India after the hosts seemed comfortable at 2-166 after the first day.