Australia vice-captain Steve Smith says he has fully recovered from the concussion he sustained last month and is looking forward to his team’s first test cricket series in Pakistan since 1998.
Smith was concussion when he landed on his head while attempting to save a six on the edge of the boundary during a Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka at Sydney. He missed the last three T20s against Sri Lanka before flying to Pakistan for the test series, which starts Friday.
“The head’s progressed really well, the last few days, so I’m feeling in a good space,” Smith told reporters in an online news conference on Tuesday. “I’ve done a lot of stuff … getting back to playing and had a couple of good hits in Melbourne before we came away. Today (practice) is just about ticking off facing fast bowling, and once that’s done, then everything should be fine.”
Smith was speaking ahead of Australia’s first practice session at the Pindi Cricket Stadium, the venue for the first of three test matches.
The second test will be played at Karachi from March 12-16 and the third in Lahore from March 21-25. The series is part of the International Cricket Council’s World Test Championship, with Australia in the second spot — between Sri Lanka and Pakistan.