Australia star Steve Smith revealed that he has barely picked up a bat since cricket shut down but feels fine.
The 30-year-old, the world’s number one Test batsman, has been out of action since March when Australia’s one-day series against New Zealand was abandoned due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Smith, who is feeling like he is in the best physical shape in years returned to training with his New South Wales teammates Monday as they await the green light for competitive cricket to start again, targeting a home one-day series against Zimbabwe in August.
“I feel like I’ve had a pre-season the last couple of months. I got myself into probably the best shape I’ve been in years. Lots of running, lots of gym stuff,” Smith said.
“It’s been a couple of months of good hard work and now back with the boys, which is great.” But with no net practice, he has barely picked up his bat.
“I haven’t touched a bat, really. A couple of little drills at home but that’s about it,” said Smith, who has plundered more than 7,000 Test runs.
“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.
“It’s been a bit different but I’m sure in the long run it will probably be a good thing to freshen up after what was a pretty long year-and-a-half since the World Cup and Ashes and summer here.
“I’m refreshed and ready to go,” he added.