Steve Smith eyes World Cup and Ashes, expects English backlash

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

As well as expecting a hostile reception from England's Barmy Army during the World Cup and Ashes, Smith faces a battle to turn around his perception in the eyes of the Australian public.

But with his suspension running out at the end of March, Smith now can see light at the end of the tunnel and is desperate to return, with the World Cup and the Ashes next year in his sights.

Smith insisted his relationship with David Warner, the vice-captain who also copped a 12-month ban for his role in the ball-tampering saga, is fine. He also practised at the nets against Australia's top bowlers.

"It made me realise what other people go through and what they need to get through those hard times", Smith said in the ad. While Smith was not allowed to be a part of Australia's global side, he did play T20 competitions across the Caribbean and Canada.

"I have got the Pakistan (Super) League, the IPL, which I think will be adequate preparation for the World Cup if I am selected", said Smith.

It was hard for Steve Smith when he was caught in the ball-tampering row.

He was, however, recently banned from the Bangladesh Premier League following objections. But Smith praised the team's efforts for their 146-run win at Perth Stadium and the captaincy of Tim Paine, who was made interim captain in the wake of the Newlands episode before getting the job on a full-time basis.

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"That was my chance where I could have stopped something from happening and that is something I have learned over the last nine months". Still have my moments, ups and downs, but I'm going okay and heading in the right direction. "There have been some dark days where I haven't wanted to get out of bed and things like that", quoted Smith, as saying.

"I walked passed and saw it and said, "I don't want to know about it", Smith recalled.

"Everything I dreamed of, everything I was a part of was just falling to pieces", Smith, 29, says in the advert. "And I walked away".

"There was the potential for something to happen and it went out onto the field and I had the opportunity to stop it at that point, rather than say 'I don't want to know anything about it'. Everyone makes mistakes; it's about the way you respond to it that's really important".

"If I get back and play under them, I'll do everything I can to help them out and help Australia out to have success". The batsman said it hasn't been easy to watch from the sidelines.

While talking about the performance of the Australian team in their recent series, the former skipper said that it was tough seeing his teammates struggling in a couple of games knowing that he could not help them out like he used to do in past.

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