Sydney: Jun 24, 2013
Steve Smith who has been recalled to the Australian squad for the first Test at Trent Bridge has said that his performance in India as a cover for Michael Clarke shows that he can play for Australia in the Ashes.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, whether Smith will be staying for the rest of the five-match series will be decided after his lead into the second fixture at Lord’s.
Smith who was dropped from the squad in 2011, made a comeback and scored a brilliant 92 in the first innings and 46 in the fourth Test, said that his dropping in 2011 forced him to become a better player and his performance in India proved his potential.
Smith admitted that his Test career did not start well but his performance in India made him get back on the side adding that he was pleased with the way he batted and hoped to continue being at the Australian side for the summer.
“I probably didn’t start off my Test career as well as I would have liked and to go well in India was big for me coming back into the side,” Smith said.
“I worked very hard in the nets in India for a good amount of time we were there. I feel as though my game is in a good place at the moment.
Smith said that he was pleased with the way he batted during Australia A’s tour of England and hopes to carry the momentum forward.
“I feel as though I’ve changed a few things with my batting that have made me improve as a player and hopefully I can continue to improve with every game I play and every season I play,” he said.
According to the report, Smith is considered as an outstanding player of spin but he believes that he has improved on his batting against quality swing bowling, which he hopes he can continue to improve with each game.
The report added Smith saying that he enjoys playing in Belfast, as the slow wickets are suited to the way he plays.
(With inputs from ANI)
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