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Steve Smith in the thick of the action on cricket comeback

Steve Smith in the thick of the action on cricket comeback

While Smith is banned from Australian state and global cricket, he is allowed to appear at club level in Australia and in domestic tournaments overseas, such as the Canada tournament.

The opening match of the tournament saw Smith and Co lock horns against Chris Gayle's Vancouver Knights at Maple Leaf North-West Ground, King City on Thursday.

He followed it up by grassing a skied ball from Evin Lewis several overs later however; the Windies opener going on to post 96 and power the Knights to a commanding 227 run total.

New Zealander Anton Devcich top scored with an unbeaten 92, which included 10 fours and six sixes.

Sammy, the skipper of Toronto Nationals said in a press briefing, "I've spoken to him as to the role I would love for him to play on the team". You know, three months off and I haven't hit that many balls back home, I've had a couple of nets but I haven't had a hit on turf. Then I got here.

"I was making awful decisions and I just felt disgusting at the crease".

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"I had a bit of luck today and I didn't feel as good as I probably ever have but it's nice to score some runs when you're not feeling good, so hopefully some positive signs".

Smith, who as captain took responsibility for the cheating, was seen to have let both cricket and Australia down in a dramatic fall from grace.

"We will make mistakes, but it doesn't mean you've got to keep kicking a man when he's down", Sammy said, referring to recent coverage of Smith during a visit to a bar in NY. As sportsmen we want to do the right thing, set the example for the next generation.

An emotional Steve Smith has opened up on the toughest three months of his life, saying that he needed the break to overcome "mental fatigue" that was causing him to make some "horrible decisions". If I have to be honest, I have spent time particularly watching the boys play in England. "You have to give people a chance and everybody should try to move on from this situation". It's obviously come under some ordinary circumstances but I was really mentally tired after the Ashes.

"I put so much into the Ashes that I even think back to the one-day games after the Ashes, I don't think I've ever hit the ball that bad in my life". I was making frightful decisions, I just felt awful at the crease and I guess it just comes down to the mental sort of part of the game.

"I think it all just comes down to the mental part of the game and just putting so much into that Ashes back home that it just took so much out of me". But from there things took an ugly turn, with Smith unable to safely pouch swirling skier.


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