Despite not being able to help his team on the field, due to his ongoing 12-month ban for the role in ball tampering saga earlier this year, former Australian skipper Steven Smith is assisting his national team by providing inputs on how to deal with the Indian bowlers ahead of the much awaited Test series between the two nations.
The ex-World No.1 Test batsman has been dishing out some much needed advice, as well participating in the net sessions with the Australian team amidst their ongoing series against India.
In a video released by 7 News Sydney, Smith could be seen having an intense talk with Australian head coach Justin Langer while having food.
The possibility of him providing some advice to Langer is quite real following the recent comments by Mitchell Starc. The Aussie fast-bowler, following his side's defeat to India in the final T20I, told Sydney Morning Herald that his ex-skipper will hit the nets along with the team.
"There’s talking to bowling coaches then there’s talking to the guys you’re bowling to. That’s a great opportunity to have him face us in our preparation leading up to the Tests. It’ll be great to bowl to him (Smith) in the nets. He’s one of the best in the world, to even get his thoughts on how we’re tracking will always be good for us."
David Warner, who received a similar ban like Smith, had also met with the Australian team and held talks while also giving out some much needed bowling practice to the home bowlers.
Smith and Warner both received one-year ban following their role in the ball tampering saga which hit Australian cricket earlier this year in March. Cameron Bancroft, the final member of the trio to receive punishment, was given a nine-month ban by the country's governing body.