Steve Smith revealed that it was ‘mental fatigue' that led him to make horrible decisions and said that those were the three toughest three months of his life.
Former Australian captain notched a half-century as he made a comeback into cricket action. While playing for Toronto Nationals against the Vancouver Knights in the inaugural T20 competition in Canada.
“I normally don't get nervous usually, but I was a bit nervous today,” he told reporters in post-match interaction.
Interacting with the media for the first time after his press conference in Australia, Smith said that he was ‘up and down with my emotions' but he relied upon his family.
“I watched the boys play in England and I felt that they were not able to able play up to their potential. It was hurting me that I couldn't go out for helping them win games,” he said.
“I think I felt that I was mentally fatigued after the Ashes. I think back to the ODIs after the Ashes and I don't think I've ever hit the ball that bad in my life.”
He left the ground to a standing ovation from the small group of local fans after racking up 61 runs from 41 balls, including eight boundaries and a six.
Before his impressive knock, Smith also caught out Vancouver Knights captain Chris Gayle on the first ball of the fourth over while fielding.
However, he dropped a catch from Evin Lewis which showed some rust after one of the longest breaks he's ever had from the game.
Smith said that cricket has been part of his “rehab”.
“It has been quite therapeutic for myself,” he said.
Toronto Nationals, led by West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy, won by six wickets with four balls to spare after reaching 231.
The opening clash of Global T20 Canada between the teams of Vancouver and Smith’s Toronto Nationals was a high scoring affair.
Chasing Vancouver Knights’ 227-4, Smith came to the crease when the scoreboard of Toronto Nationals read 7-1.