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Smith puts in extra work for Australia

22nd July 2019, 10:33 by Nick Harris

Batsman Steve Smith has taken his preparations for the Ashes series next month to the next level.

The disgraced former skipper is back in the fold along with the two other team-mates, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, who were all banned following the ball-tampering episode in South Africa.

Now all three are preparing for the Ashes and Smith is putting batting coach Graeme Hick through his paces.

Current skipper Tim Paine said: "You don't become one of the best players in the world and average 60 in Test cricket if you don't have some sort of a mission.

"The boys have been having a bit of a laugh the last couple of days because nothing's changed - he's hit a million balls and our coach's arm is falling off already on day two of the trip.

"It's great to see that him, and David (Warner) and Cameron Bancroft have come back in and fitted perfectly in our group.

"They are guys who have always trained at exceptionally high standards and set the standard for others. The three of them have been outstanding since they've been back and involved."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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