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Patience has paid off: Smith

Mumbai: Young Steve Smith believes he has matured as a Test batsman, but is also eager to regain his spot in Australia’s limited overs team.

“When I first started playing, I played as a spinner and then when I got the opportunity as a batsman, I was not quite ready either. To come back a couple of years later with a bit more experience and a few more big runs have benefited me a lot,” Smith said.

“Over the last couple of years, it’s been a big development. I have been trying to get my batting right in all three forms of the game. I think I proved myself a little bit in Test cricket and I will work myself into ODIs and T20 It’s not too far away,” he added.

“To me, I guess, a sense of belonging was there. I worked very hard on my game for the last 18 months. To get a couple of hundreds under my belt makes me feel I belong to the Test level.

“I worked hard on tightening up my technique and to become more patient when batting in Tests. It has paid off recently.”

Smith said he had concentrated more on batting in the recent past, but was willing to take more responsibility.