Steven Smith was in sublime form in the recently-concluded Ashes in England as he broke one record after another and ended up with 774 runs to his name at an impeccable average of 110.57.
However, Smith didn't have the best of starts to the home summer as he finished with scores of 0 and 21 versus Queensland at the Gabba in the Sheffield Shield. But the right-handed batsman came back to form as he went on to score a couple of tons against Tasmania and Western Australia on the slower tracks of Sydney.
Smith is all set to play Pakistan in a two-match Test series which begins on November 21 in Brisbane. The first Test of the two-match series versus Pakistan is going to be played on a pacy Gabba track. Smith said that he will once again go through the rigour of intense training sessions in the nets at Allan Border Field.
The former Australian captain has put in astounding performances at the Gabba and Pakistan will have a lot to ponder about how they could stop the Australian.
The World No 1 Test batsman has played five Tests at the Gabba and has scored 575 runs in 9 innings at an impressive average of 71.88. He has also scored three centuries and one half-century at the venue.
The last time Pakistan played Australia at the Gabba was in 2016 and even then Steve Smith was the chief predator as he scored a fantastic ton (130) in the first innings and followed it up with a half-century (63) in the second. He has also contributed with his fielding as he has grabbed 17 catches at the venue which is the most by him at a particular ground.
Smith said that he was feeling good and he'd probably just have to try and get used to the bounce of the wicket again at the Gabba. He added that it was a little bit different to the last two Shield games he had played at Drummoyne and SCG, where the wickets were batting friendly.
The right-hander said for him, the next few days were about getting used to the bounce at the Gabba and practising leaving (the ball) well, and just being patient again. He was sure he'd get used to it, and be good to go on Thursday in the first Test against Pakistan.