Ashes 2017: Steve Smith-Milos Raonic play tennis ahead of Boxing Day Test

first_imgAfter leading the team to an Ashes victory, Australia captain Steve Smith is enjoying his time off the field trying his hand at a new sport.The 28-year0old was seen hitting the tennis court with Milos Ranoic at Melbourne Park.Smith shared a picture with the Canadian on his twitter and captioned it: “Great fun having a hit with @milosraonic today. I think he’s got me covered on the court next time we might head to the cricket nets.”The New South Wales batsman has been in tremendous form since taking over the captaincy and hit a gritty hundred in Brisbane and a career-best 239 at the WACA to help the hosts regain the Ashes urn against England with two games to spare.Not only that, he has moved closer to Don Bradman as the ICC’s highest-ever rated cricketer after his match-winning double-century in Perth. He is now on 945 points, 16 short of Bradman, who has a record 961 points to his name.Smith, who led his side to victory in his first Ashes series as the skipper, said it was an incredible feeling.”Captaining an Ashes winning side is an amazing feeling. It’s a moment we’ve been looking forward to, so much has gone into the preparation, the way we’ve gone about it was spectacular,” said the Sydney cricketer.The next assignment for Smith will be the Boxing Day Test starting on December 26 at Melbourne.26-year-old Raonic on the other hand, had a very average season in tennis this year. He was knocked out in the quarters of the Australian Open and Wimbledon and just made the fourth round of the French Open. He reached his career-high rank of No. 3 in November 2016 but has now slipped to No. 24 in the latest ATP rankings.  advertisementRaonic will play the 2018 Brisbane International from January 1 to 8. He is seeded sixth in the tournament. That will be followed by the first Grand Slam of the year – Australian Open. It is to be held between January 15 to 28 at Melbourne Park.last_img

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