Cricket: Suspended Steve Smith makes a spectacular return to competitive cricket in Canada

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Former Australian captain Steve Smith hit an impressive half-century on his return to cricket after missing months of action aftermath the events of the infamous “Sandpaper Gate” that left huge scars on Australian Cricket.

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Smith, representing the Toronto Nationals in the inaugural Global T20 Canada, managed to score 61 off 41 deliveries aiding the team chase down a mammoth score of 228 set by the opponents Vancouver Knights.

Smith was eventually dismissed by fellow Australian teammate Fawad Ahmed and received a standing ovation from the spectators in Canada on his way back. The player expressed his relief at the post-match presentation ceremony after the match. He said, “I don’t get nervous. I just love being out in the middle.” Today, perhaps more than ever, it showed.

Smith admitted suffering from mental fatigue while talking about the ball-tampering saga and gave his thoughts on Australia’s recent 5-0 whitewash by England. He added:

“I have been up and down with my emotions if I’m being honest, “Watching the boys play in England, not playing as well as they could have, it was hurting me I couldn’t go out and help them win games.”

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