Steve Smith scored 61 for the Toronto Nationals

But Smith is finding positives from his three-month hiatus from competitive cricket, which ended when he guided the Toronto Nationals to a six-wicket victory over Vancouver Knights in the opening match of the fledgling Canadian T20 league.The world’s top-ranked Test batsman revealed he had been feeling mentally fatigued since the recent Ashes series, which Australia won 4-0.
“It’s been tough but I think I needed a break if that makes sense,” Smith said. “It’s obviously come under some ordinary circumstances, but I was really mentally fatigued after the Ashes.“I put so much into that Ashes … I don’t think I’ve ever hit the ball that bad in my life.“I just felt horrible at the crease and it comes down to the mental part of the game.“A bit of a break perhaps wasn’t the worst thing … hopefully I’ll be able to come back and perform at a really high level again.”


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