World No. 1 Test batsman Steve Smith on Monday took to social media to share the ‘good news’ of him returning to training.
Steve Smith returns to training (@stevesmith49 Instagram Photo)
- Steve Smith was spotted wearing a NSW jersey while training at the nets
- Good news… I remembered how to hold the bat: Smith
- Australia will begin their home season against Zimbabwe in August
Australia’s star batsman Steve Smith returned to training on Monday after a 3-month-long break due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Steve Smith was seen sporting a New South Wales shirt as he posed for a photo with his kit at the nets. Smith took to social media to share the photo of his return to training.
“First hit in the nets in 3 months. Good news… I remembered how to hold the bat,” Smith wrote.
Smith’s teammate Usman Khawaja poked fun at the former captain, saying: “You will forget again at some point no doubt.”
Notably, Steve Smith had said earlier this month that he was in the best shape after working on his fitness during the lockdown due to the pandemic.
“I am probably in the best shape I have been in in years, doing lots of running, lots of gym stuff at home. It’s been a couple of months of good hard work,” Smith was quoted as saying by The Sydney Morning Herald.
“I haven’t touched a bat, really. A couple of little drills at home but that’s about it. I’ve just tried to switch off from it a bit, which I don’t do very often. I was just focusing on getting myself fit and strong and refreshing mentally.”
International cricket is all to resume after more than 3 months of inactivity when England host West Indies in the first of a 3-Test series from July 8. Both England and West Indies teams have been training in bio-secure environments in the lead up to the much-anticipated series.
Australia are all set to resume their season in August when they host Zimbabwe in a 3-match ODI series from August 9.
Meanwhile, India cricketers are yet to return to training as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is in no hurry to host a training camp for the contracted players. Only a handful of players, including Mohammed Shami, R Ashwin and Cheteshwar Pujara, have returned to outdoor training.