Steve Smith's one-year ban for his involvement in the ball-tampering fiasco, ends in April next year. @ Getty Images
Steve Smith’s one-year ban for his involvement in the ball-tampering fiasco, ends in April next year. @ Getty Images

Former Australia captain Steve Smith, who’s one-year ban for his involvement in the ball-tampering fiasco, ends in April next year, is planning on rediscovering his bowling skill again before he takes to the field in national colours again, according to team-mate Mitchell Starc.

Smith was introduced into the Australian side as a No. 8 batsman, but more importantly, was used for his leg-spin before he mastered the art of batting and became part of the Big Four – Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Kane Williamson and Smith.

“He’s got a smile on his face, he’s been around training, he’s talking about having to get back and get himself a bit fitter as well,” Starc, who was dumped from Indian Premier League (IPL) side Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Wednesday, was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

“He said he’s in career-best bowling form. We might see him bowl a lot more in grade cricket and when he comes back in a few months’ time as well.”

Starc revealed that Smith will continue playing Premier Cricket and T20 Cricket in the UAE as he gears up to make a comeback to the ODI squad in time for the ICC World Cup 2019.

“He’s in good spirits and it’s good to see him around with bat and ball in hand. There wasn’t heaps (of talk) about the immediate future,” Starc said.

“There was a little bit of talk about world cup time and some line-ups there as well. I think he’d love to play in the Big Bash League. Obviously, that’s not the case at the moment.

“I think it’s just great to see him playing cricket. That [UAE T20] will be quite a challenging tournament with some big names over there. He’ll look to try and dominate and look to get some competitive cricket coming in to the back end of March.”

Australia, who lost the ODI series to South Africa, will face the Proteas in a one-off Twenty20 International on Saturday before heading into the T20I series against India, with the first match on November 21 at the Gabba in Brisbane.