Australian cricketer Steven Smith has made a triumphant return to the helm of the Aussie cricket team, declaring himself the "freshest" he has felt in
Australian cricketer Steven Smith has made a triumphant return to the helm of the Aussie cricket team, declaring himself the “freshest” he has felt in years.
The beloved batsman last played for Australia in early March of 2018, as a result of a one-year ban imposed on him for his involvement in a match-fixing scandal.
Despite the lengthy absence from international cricket, Smith has shown himself to be in rip-roaring form, smashing 192 in a warm-up match against West Indies.
Speaking after his impressive innings, Smith declared himself to be feeling “as good as I’ve felt in about six years”.
“Batting felt pretty well,” he commented. “It felt as good as I’ve felt in about six years. I’m feeling confident at the crease and am just really happy to be back with the boys and playing some cricket.”
This sentiment has been echoed by teammates, coaches, as well as Smith himself, who is grateful for the support received throughout his ordeal.
For cricket fans across the country and around the world, the return of Steven Smith to international cricket is an exciting development. Australia’s favourite batsman may have been absent for a while, but the quality of his batting is undimmed and he looks set to resume his place as one of Australia’s greatest cricketing stars.
Steven Smith: ‘Best I’ve felt in about six years’
Australian cricket star Steven Smith has declared himself in the best physical condition he has been in six years.
Speaking during a press conference Smith said: “I’m as fit and healthy as I’ve been in the last six years. I’m looking forward to the future.”
The former captain’s impressive revival from his suspension from the game has been made possible through:
A Dedicated Training Regimen
Smith has been exercising for hours each day and eating well to ensure he is in peak physical form. He has worked hard on his batting and bowling technique and also strengthened his body to prepare for the rigours of the game.
Being sent home during his suspension was tough on the veteran cricketer, and he credits his improved mental state to this struggle. Smith says that the process was “difficult”, but he was able to learn a lot about himself by reflecting in solitude.
Support From Teammates and Coaches
The Australian cricketing team and coaches have also contributed to Smith’s successful return. They provided support as he prepared mentally and physically for the upcoming season, and their understanding and back-up allowed him to focus without distraction.
Steven Smith’s difficult journey back to the game has been evident in both his attitude and performance. His success story can be an inspiration to all sportspeople who are facing a challenging setback.