Cricket back injury not a problem for Smith ahead of Boxing Day test

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MELBOURNE, December 22 (Reuters) – Australian batsman Steve Smith is not worried that a back injury will get in his way during the second test against India, which begins on Saturday at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Smith had missed a bit of practice time in preparation for the series opener in Adelaide and was still feeling “a bit stiff” on Tuesday, but the 31-year-old said he was able to avoid serious flare-ups caused by this long standing problem.

“It’s just something I have to deal with every time this happens and I probably haven’t had an episode since 2014, I think it was, so hopefully they can keep going. be six years apart if they come, ”Smith told reporters.

“If I move and lay down I’m fine. If I sit there for too long it’s not great, but I’m not worried about it.

“I think everything will be fine and I will be good to go.”

Smith scored just one run in the opening innings at Adelaide Oval and was not out when Joe Burns hit the wins as Australia took an eight-wicket victory over the sacked Tourists for a record 36 in their second run. .

But Smith has an impressive record at the MCG.

In his seven Boxing Day tests, the right-hander scored 908 points to 113.50 with four centuries and three more scores over 50. At his home in Sydney, his second-best home average, he is averaging 67 , 88.

“I love to hit the MCG,” Smith said.

“There is nothing quite like the thrill and you get the chills running through your spine when you step out to beat Boxing Day with the screaming crowd, and it’s like a dream come true in a way. . “

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