Steve Smith says he is focusing on getting used to the bouncy track at Brisbane as Australia face Pakistan in the first Test starting November 21.
Smith, currently one of the best batsmen in the world, had a terrific run of form in the recent Ashes, scoring 774 runs in seven Test innings.
"I'm feeling good," Smith told cricket.com.au. "For me, the next few days is about getting used to the bounce at the Gabba and practising leaving (the ball) well, and just being patient again. I'm sure I'll get plenty of that work in, and be good to go on Thursday.
Smith’s last outing at the Gabba came in the Sheffield Shield against Queensland in October. Surprisingly, he didn’t fire in that game, getting out on scores of 0 and 21. Since that first-class fixture, he has scored two tons for his state side New South Wales.
Smith, termed as the ‘best problem-solver’ by head coach Justin Langer, is vary of his two hundreds scored on slightly slower wickets at the Drummoyne Oval and the Sydney Cricket Ground.
"I probably just have to try and get used to the bounce of the wicket again at the Gabba.
“It's probably a little bit different to the last two Shield games I've played at Drummoyne and SCG, where they've been pretty benign wickets. I don’t think I had a slip in basically for the whole time I batted at Drummoyne and the SCG.
"I just found it hard scoring. There was no slip, there was a ring field, the square was pretty dead, and the wicket was pretty dead. There was a couple of times I hit and got it in the gap and thought 'that's runs", but it just died. So I couldn't get them away, but it's nice to spend some time in the middle all the same."