Steve Smith: ‘I have come to terms with everything’

After a long break, Steven Smith has returned to Australia, and the cricketer — who is in middle of a year-long suspension following his involvement in the ball-tampering saga — believes it is ‘time to get back into it.’

Steven Smith with fiancee Dani Willis and their dog Charlie.   -  Instagram/ steve_smith49

After a long break, Steve Smith has returned to Australia, and the cricketer — who is in middle of a year-long suspension following his involvement in the ball-tampering saga — believes it is ‘time to get back into it.’

Putting up a picture of himself with his fiancee Dani Willis and their dog Charlie on Instagram, Smith also revealed how much support he received over the month and a half.

“The amount of emails and letters I have received has been incredible and I have been extremely humbled by the enormous amount of support you have given me. I now have a lot to do to earn back your trust. To my Mum, Dad and Dani, you have been my rock through this and I can't thank you enough. Family is the most important thing in the world and I thank you for your love and support.”

The former Australia captain had an emotional outbreak while talking about his role in the ball-tampering episode, but with days passing by, Smith has learnt to ‘come to terms with everything.’

Australia's new coach Justin Langer, who was appointed on Thursday, a month after Darren Lehmann’s resignation, has thrown the door open for Smith, Cameron Bancroft and David Warner to return to the fold. “Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith, literally besides Mike Hussey, love the game more than anyone I know,” Langer said, after taking charge.

“They are cricket tragics, and they are great kids. That's why it was such a surprise they made the mistake they did. Davey Warner is the same. He's a really good young bloke, he made a mistake. I love the way he plays his cricket. Has he got areas to get better at? Yep. Has Steve Smith? Yep. Has Cameron Bancroft? Yep. Every single person in Australian cricket? Yep. If we can keep mentoring and helping them and they want to get better and meet the standards of the Australian cricket team of course they will be welcomed back.”