Stuff – Steve Smith speaks to the media during a press conference at the Sydney Cricket Ground last week.
- Australia may be without their own version of Virat Kohli for the time being but coach Justin Langer said Steve Smith’s determination to return to international cricket had made him feel “warm and fuzzy”.
- Langer has spent time with suspended trio David Warner, Cameron Bancroft and Smith, and has been impressed with the manner in which they have handled their banishment from the side as a result of the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
- While next year’s World Cup will be the first major international tournament Smith and Warner can return in, there is a possibility they could first take part in the five-match one-day series against Pakistan, slated for March and April.
- Langer read what Smith had said in his press conference last week, the first time he had spoken publicly since his initial appearance before the cameras in Sydney in March upon returning from South Africa, but said it was their face-to-face meetings that counted.
- Smith, Kohli and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson are regarded as the premier batsmen in the world, with the dashing and unorthodox Smith this time last year being labelled as Australia’s best since Donald Bradman.