Smith said he approached his opposite number Jason Holder with an offer to declare at 0-0 and then allow the tourists to build a 370-run lead with 70 overs to play. But the deal was rejected, he said and the third and the third and final Test in Sydney which lost two full days to rain, ended in stalemate.
Australia, who had already clinched the Frank Worrell Trophy series 2-0, were keen to make it 3-0 and push their claims to return to the top of the Test rankings.
"There was (an approach). Unfortunately they didn't come to the party, I offered him (Holder) 370 runs in 70 overs, which I thought was pretty generous," Smith told reporters.
"They would have had to declare this morning, I would have declared nought for nought and then bowled lob-ups for seven or eight overs or whatever it was, 370 off 70. I offered but they weren't willing to take it,” he added.

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