Run-machine Smith warns India he’s back in top gear

SYDNEY (AFP) – Australia’s Steve Smith warned India yesterday that his game had finally “clicked” and he was ready to justify his ranking as the world’s top Test batsman.

Smith admitted he was unhappy with his recent displays for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL), saying “I never really got into a good rhythm”.

But he believed something changed this week as he prepared for the upcoming series against India, which starts with a one-day international in Sydney on Friday.

“Over the last few days I’ve sort of found my hands, which I’m extremely excited about,” he told reporters on a conference call.

“It’s taken me about three or four months to do it but I’ve found them now which is pleasing.”

The 31-year-old said it was difficult to define what was different, but it left him “with a big smile on my face” and eager to hit the practice nets.

“It’s hard to explain but it hasn’t been right up until about two days ago, then something sort of clicked in,” he said.