The last time Steve Smith played cricket on South African soil, he was the captain of Australia and since then he hasn’t led Australia on a cricket field. The infamous sandpaper gate led to his ban, along with two other players and the former Australian skipper had to go through the toughest phase of his life–both, as an individual and cricketer.
But, as they say, tough times never last but tough people do. Steve Smith is once again in South Africa and all eyes will be on him when Australia will play their first T20I of the tour.
Before the start of the series, Steve Smith addressed the media and answered their tough questions. Smith said that it is nice to be back playing in South Africa.
“It’s nice to be back playing in South Africa,” Steve Smith said while addressing the media. “The last time I was here things didn’t end overly well, but I’ve also got really fond memories of playing here.
“Just walking into the hotel in Sandton, initially I was like, the last time I left here it wasn’t pretty’. It wasn’t the best time of my life. But I’ve moved on from that and learned a lot. I’ve been back playing for a year now. I’m really enjoying it and I feel like I’m playing well. I’m in a nice place,” he added.
When asked about fans; reaction in South Africa, Steve Smith said that they have been “lovely”.
“Everywhere I have been the people have been lovely. Guys have come up and taken some photos and been really nice,” he said before adding– “It’s been normal, the same as compared to when I’ve been here previously. It’s a terrific place to tour and I’m glad to be back.”
“I think they’re hostile here at the best of times. It doesn’t bother me too much. (Coach) Justin (Langer) said the other day that we had the dress rehearsal in England (last year). There was a fair bit going on there. I don’t notice it, particularly when I’m batting. Maybe a little bit when I’m fielding, but then again, it’s just words, it doesn’t affect me. It’s about getting on with the job,” said Steve Smith.