Steve Smith insisted he is hungrier than ever for runs but isn’t reading too much into his current form after scoring a century in an ICC World Cup 2019 warm up game against England that Australia won by 12 runs.
Smith’s knock of 116 was the fourth time in as many warm up games that he surpassed the half-century mark, scoring 89, 91 & 76 in Australia’s previous matches.
“I’m not reading too much into it, they’re just practice games at the moment, hopefully I can keep this form for the real stuff and we’ll make a judgment then,” said Smith.
“Not too many players have a year out of the game. Having performed at a high level for four to five years to have a year away has helped freshen me up and come back hungrier than ever. I’ve been able to work on a few different things and get fitter.
“I’m just trying to keep my head down and just do my job. Fortunately I was able to score a few runs and more importantly spend some time in the middle before our first game.
“I’m feeling calm at the crease and hitting the right balls to the boundary. Anytime you make a hundred for Australia it’s a real honour and great to do.”