As Steven Smith prepares to make a comeback to cricket this month, the former Aussie captain has revealed he spent four days in tears over the ball-tampering scandal that led to him losing the Australian captaincy.
Meanwhile, Smith made a rare public appearance on Monday since he returned from the ill-fated tour of South Africa. Cricket Australia suspended Smith along with David Warner and Cameron Bancroft for their role in the incident.
He was a special guest at Sydney’s Knox Grammar School’s year six and senior school assembly, as part of the students’ Gotcha 4 Life Foundation.
Smith makes shocking revelations
Smith while attending the event provided insight into the mental toll the scandal had taken on him. He also credited his friends and family for being with him during tough times.
“To be honest, I probably spent four days in tears. I was really struggling mentally and I was really lucky that I had some close friends and family members that I could speak to at all hours of the day,” he said.
The former Aussie skipper also talked about mental health, anxiety, and making mistakes.
Smith also talked the importance of establishing a network of friends and family to help them in challenging situations.
“The people that I had supporting me through that whole time made a huge difference to the headspace I am in now,” he concluded.
Smith will represent Toronto Nationals in the Global T20 Canada league starting from June 28.