CricketSteve Smith: It was probably the best I’ve felt in the last six years.
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Steve Smith announced his brilliant ODI knock for Australia in Adelaide on Thursday night, his best in batting in six years.

This bold claim of one of the country’s greatest batsmen will instill fear in the West Indies and South Africa ahead of the Australian Test season. Smith smashed an unbeaten 80 off 78 balls at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday to give Australia a 1-0 lead in the three-match Dettol ODI series against world champions England.

“It was probably the best I’ve felt in the last six years,” Smith told reporters. “I was in a very good position and I felt very good, honestly, I haven’t felt that way in the last six years.

“It was nice to get some runs at that time and we are always looking for perfection and for me (Thursday) was as close to perfection as I would achieve.

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Steve Smith was recently left out of all but one match during the T20 World Cup campaign and his limited-overs team’s future for Australia has come under question. To his rising level, the skilled right-hander has also experienced a poor phase in the Test arena with just two centuries since the 2019 Ashes.

“I’ve been working on a few things, it’s been a process of about six months or 12 months,” Smith said.

“Early last summer I tried to get my hands back to where they were in 2015.”I feel like I’m staying a little more side-on now and I’ve got my legs and hands folded together.

“On Thursday, probably for the first time, I extended time at the crease with this change.

“It’s hard to be based on an innings but it felt like things went well for me like they did at the WACA (Test against England) in 2013. ”

Hopefully this is the beginning of a big summer for the big player. Smith has averaged 60 in 87 Tests, including 28 centuries.