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Former captain Steve Smith, who won the Ashes for Australia, started about the scouring paper scandal and said there was a time when he thought he would no longer play for the country

Former captain Steve Smith, who won the Ashes for Australia, has talked about the sandpaper scandal and says there was a time when he thought he would no longer play for the country.

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Smith was banned for a year with David Warner after batsman Cameron Bancroft used sandpaper to roughen one side of the ball during a test against South Africa in March 2018.

He was stripped of his captain after the ball-messing scandal.

Former captain Steve Smith, who won the Ashes for Australia, started about the scouring paper scandal and said there was a time when he thought he would no longer play for the country

Former captain Steve Smith, who won the Ashes for Australia, started about the scouring paper scandal and said there was a time when he thought he would no longer play for the country

Now the cricket legend, compared to Australia's best batsman, Don Bradman, has attributed his return to the sport to his family and the British mental power guru Dr. Maurice Duffy.

& # 39; Only my friends and family at home, really, & # 39; Smith said Channel Seven from london.

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& # 39; They have been huge to me, a huge support file, and they are just very happy that I am giving back a bit that I love.

& # 39; I also worked with a man here in the UK, Maurice Duffy.

& # 39; He helped me to think about my thoughts and where my thoughts are … the kind of things that really helped me to focus on what to do.

& # 39; For me, batting is 95 percent mental and luckily I have been able to concentrate here for a long time and that is one of the main reasons why I have been successful here. & # 39;

The cricket legend, now compared to Australia's best batsman, Don Bradman for his great performance in England, owes his return to the middle to his family and the British mental power guru Dr. Maurice Duffy (photo)

The cricket legend, now compared to Australia's best batsman, Don Bradman for his great performance in England, owes his return to the middle to his family and the British mental power guru Dr. Maurice Duffy (photo)

The cricket legend, now compared to Australia's best batsman, Don Bradman for his great performance in England, owes his return to the middle to his family and the British mental power guru Dr. Maurice Duffy (photo)

The former captain said he didn't think he would ever play for his country again.

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& # 39; There was a moment when I didn't even know if I wanted to play again, & # 39; said Smith.

& # 39; When I had my elbow surgery, I was not in a great place mentally and it was extremely strange. The day I got my braces off my elbow, something seemed to click into place. & # 39;

& # 39; It was just like … ok, I am ready to play again. I want to go back and do what I love and just had this real hunger to go out and club and spend time in the middle.

& # 39; I think that has probably been shown in recent weeks. & # 39;

Smith scored three centuries, including a double barrel, in three Tests that he played in the five-game series.

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He has 10 Ashes tons, which is most similar to Steve Waugh by an Australian.

He said: “I just enjoy running my business and now it's my job to score runs for Australia, and luckily I was able to run this series and spent a lot of time in the middle of this series and it's very nice. & # 39;

Smith's dream walk on the ashes, however, was not that simple.

Smith was banned along with David Warner after batsman Cameron Bancroft used sandpaper to roughen one side of the ball during a test against South Africa in March 2018

Smith was banned along with David Warner after batsman Cameron Bancroft used sandpaper to roughen one side of the ball during a test against South Africa in March 2018

Smith was banned along with David Warner after batsman Cameron Bancroft used sandpaper to roughen one side of the ball during a test against South Africa in March 2018

Smith was stripped of his captain after the ball-messing scandal
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Smith was stripped of his captain after the ball-messing scandal

Smith was stripped of his captain after the ball-messing scandal

The star-shaped cricket player was knocked to the ground by a nasty bouncer from a debutant English fast bowler Jofra Archer in the second test, forcing him to miss the next game.

& # 39; Initially, when I was first hit, it was from: & # 39; Am I all right here? & # 39; That was my first thought. It was a pretty good hit, & Smith said.

& # 39; The first thing that came to my mind was (Phil) Hughes, and we were hit in fairly similar areas, and that wasn't fair that he couldn't get through and I'm fine.

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& # 39; That was perhaps a bit sad at the time and then it went away during the day and then I felt really good.

# I touched the area and I could feel no pain and I could feel no pain and I passed all my concussion tests, so I was OK to go out and club, and later that evening I felt hung over , if that's a way to say it.

& # 39; I had the feeling that I had drunk half a dozen beers the night before without really enjoying the beer. It was actually enjoying the beers. & # 39;

Smith returned to the fourth test competition and scored a double barrel to help Australia retain the ashes on foreign soil for the first time in 18 years.

The fifth and final test of the series starts on Thursday.

Smith scored three centuries, including a double ton, in three tests that he played in the four-game series. He has 10 Ashton, most similar to Steve Waugh by an Australian

Smith scored three centuries, including a double ton, in three tests that he played in the four-game series. He has 10 Ashton, most similar to Steve Waugh by an Australian

Smith scored three centuries, including a double ton, in three tests that he played in the four-game series. He has 10 Ashton, most similar to Steve Waugh by an Australian

Smith, who missed the third test match after being knocked down by a bouncer, returned to the fourth test match and scored a double barrel to help Australia keep the ashes on foreign soil for the first time in 18 years

Smith, who missed the third test match after being knocked down by a bouncer, returned to the fourth test match and scored a double barrel to help Australia keep the ashes on foreign soil for the first time in 18 years

Smith, who missed the third test match after being knocked down by a bouncer, returned to the fourth test match and scored a double barrel to help Australia keep the ashes on foreign soil for the first time in 18 years

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