- Australia batsman’s epic Ashes series left him drained but a break has restored his hunger, which spells bad news for Sheffield Shield opponents Queensland
Steve Smith is back fresh and ready for runs after admitting a marathon Ashes campaign left him feeling cooked.
The master batsman spent more than 32 hours at the crease helping drive Australia’s retention of the famous urn in arguably his best series to date. He revealed on Wednesday that the physically-exhausting effort of compiling 774 runs at an average of 110.57 left him with a serious case of fatigue.
But after a rare two-week break from practice after arriving home, Smith believes ahead of his Marsh Sheffield Shield return for NSW against Queensland on Thursday that he’s ready for another big summer of runs.
“It was probably a bit of everything: mental, emotional, physical,” he said of the gruelling tour.”Towards the last Test match it got to day two and my mind was saying keep going but my body had shut down and wouldn’t let me do anything.