Smith Returns to Training in Pursuit of Top Form.

Smith Returns to Training in Pursuit of Top Form.

At the optional training session held at the WACA ground in Australia on Monday, Steven Smith showcased a familiar mastery of his craft.

Commencing precisely at 1:30 p.m., Smith was the lone player on the center-wicket net, displaying his commitment. Coaches Andrew McDonald and Daniel Vettori were equipped with their coaching tools.

While bowlers Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh, both World Cup gold medalists, took the day off, Smith exemplified his work ethic—immersing himself in the flow of the Test match, refining his technique, and taking an unusually high number of shots compared to his teammates.

Speaking before Tuesday’s workout at Perth Stadium, Smith shared, “It was a good session. I enjoyed using the WACA center-wicket; the tempo and bounce are usually similar to here. It’s good preparation, and I’ll continue my practice today because I’m hitting well. I might come in tomorrow if needed, but unless otherwise, I’ll relax and prepare for Thursday.”

As David Warner’s Test career concludes, Smith, despite potential retirement, remains steadfast in his love for the grind and commitment to improvement.

Smith stated, “I’m not in any hurry to make any decisions.” Amidst speculation about Warner’s replacement and Lance Morris’ debut dominating the Australian Test summer, the question of whether Smith will return to his exceptional run-scoring form remains unanswered. Acknowledging a year of team successes but personal challenges, Smith fell short of his high standards, missing a half-century on the India Test trip.

Despite a remarkable World Test Championship final century, it was overshadowed by Head’s performance. Smith’s warning to England before the Ashes series came to fruition with another impressive away Ashes century at Lord’s, although a wrist injury interrupted his streak. In the final Test at The Oval, despite scoring two half-centuries, the effort ended in a losing cause.

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