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Steve Smith reveals flu battle during partnership with David Warner in Boxing Day Test at the MCG

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Steve Smith reveals flu battle during partnership with David Warner in Boxing Day Test at the MCG

Not just David Warner! Aussie star Steve Smith revealed he was ‘pretty crook’ as the pair put on an epic 239-run partnership with temperatures soaring above 36 degrees in Melbourne

  • Steve Smith declared he was ‘pretty crook’ in the 239-partnership with Warner
  • Smith was battling flu ahead of his innings in the sweltering Melbourne heat
  • Temperatures soared to 38 degrees in Melbourne on Tuesday during the Test

Aussie cricket star Steve Smith revealed he was battling a bad flu as he forged a sensational 239-run partnership with David Warner in sweltering conditions at the MCG.

David Warner retired hurt with heat stress and full-body cramps but his fellow Australia star Steve Smith did not feel much better.

Aussie cricket star Steve Smith (pictured) revealed he was battling a bad flu as he struck a sensational 239-run partnership with David Warner in sweltering conditions at the MCG

Aussie cricket star Steve Smith (pictured) revealed he was battling a bad flu as he struck a sensational 239-run partnership with David Warner in sweltering conditions at the MCG

Smith's 86 on the second day of the Boxing Day Test was overshadowed by Warner's brilliant double century but the 33-year-old revealed his own battle with illness

Smith’s 86 on the second day of the Boxing Day Test was overshadowed by Warner’s brilliant double century but the 33-year-old revealed his own battle with illness

Smith’s 86 on the second day of the Boxing Day Test was overshadowed by Warner’s brilliant double century but the 33-year-old revealed his own battle with illness.

The star No.4 is battling flu in the lead-up to the MCG blockbuster against South Africa.

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Smith, a fanatic trainer, failed to take part in Australia’s optional Christmas Day session to rest for the second Test.

Temperatures soared to 38 degrees in Melbourne on Tuesday, dampening the spirits of all the players at the MCG.

David Warner (pictured) leaves the field in tears after scoring 200 in hot conditions at the MCG

David Warner (pictured) leaves the field in tears after scoring 200 in hot conditions at the MCG

‘I’ve been pretty crook, actually, the last few days I’ve had the flu so it wasn’t much fun out there,’ said Smith.

‘Every time we run two or three, it really takes it out of you.

‘I just try to breathe deeply and take as much time as possible between long runs.

‘It was a difficult day in terms of the heat but also rewarding.’

Smith (pictured) and Warner combined for a 239-wicket partnership, the prolific pair's best stand.

Smith (pictured) and Warner combined for a 239-wicket partnership, the prolific pair’s best stand.

Smith and Warner combined for a 239-wicket partnership, the prolific pair’s best stand together.

‘I was looking forward to going home to bed, to be honest with you,’ said Smith.

‘I’m pleased I was able to grind as much as I could but I’d like to have been there a bit more.

‘I don’t think too much about my score but it’s good to have a partnership with Davey to get us in a good position.’