Australian striker Steve Smith said on Tuesday he was looking forward to playing a test match on Pakistani soil and that his long-held dream would finally come true when the visitors take part in a five-day match here after 24 years.
“I have always wanted to play a Test series in Pakistan because it is a challenge and finally we have this chance now. It feels good to be part of a historic tour which could see the full return of international cricket to the Pakistan,” Smith said. in a media interaction ahead of the first Test of the three-match series starting in Rawalpindi on March 4.
“Many of us have come to Pakistan for the first time so it’s an exciting tour for us and we’re looking forward to some challenging cricket.”
Smith, who is the team’s vice-captain, also praised Pat Cummins for leading the team fantastically in Test cricket.
Smith, a former Australian captain, said they expected the pitches here to help spinners.
Smith also clarified that they were confident in the security measures put in place for them in Pakistan and he and his teammates felt “incredibly safe” on their first tour of Pakistan in nearly 24 years, a day after it has been reported that the spinner’s partner Ashton Agar received a death threat via social media just days before the start of the first test.
The Pakistan Cricket Board and Cricket Australia later said they had investigated the threat and found it not credible.
Smith said Pakistan had a good Test team and people here are passionate about the game and the next round should produce competitive cricket.
He was also asked about the concussion he suffered while on the pitch when his head hit the ground hard during a T20 game against Sri Lanka last month in Sydney and Smith said that felt good and in a good space.
“I think I’ve made good progress and this is the first session for me against fast bowling. I’m recovering from the concussion and I’ve been facing side arms and spinners,” Smith said.
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