Steve Smith, who is in the process of recovering from an injury, is considering not playing in the World Cup so that he can play Ashes "There's still a bit of time between now and (the T20 World Cup), and I'm tracking okay at the moment - it's slow, but I'm going okay," Smith told cricket.com.au on Friday (July 2).
"I'd love to be part of the World Cup, for sure, but from my point of view, Test cricket, that's my main goal - to be right for the Ashes and try to emulate what I've done in the last few Ashes series I've been involved in."
Still, Smith hopes it won’t happen, but he’s ready for anything "I want to put myself in a position where I can have that kind of impact," he said. "If that does mean not partaking in the World Cup, then we'll have to go down that path, but hopefully we don't have to go there."
"I still wasn't quite 100 per cent (during the IPL), it was still bothering me a bit, and I was playing over there medicated - taking some painkillers and anti-inflammatories every time I batted," he said.
"It got to a point where it wasn't really improving much, and it probably got a little bit worse while I was over there.
There has also been progress on his injury but he is still not fully recovered "I've made a bit of progress with it the last few weeks.
I started some batting, just 10 minutes at a time, and basically my path now to getting back to playing is building up from there." "Because it's a tendon (injury) it's basically how you (feel when you) wake up the next day, so I start at 10 minutes and if I wake up the next day and I'm good, then I can go up to 12 minutes, and if I wake up well again, I go up to 15.
"Currently that's where I'm at - 15 minutes - and I've got to build up to 45 to get myself to a point where the medicos believe I can be comfortable. I actually woke up a little bit sore after my last hit, so next hit, I'll stay at 15, and that's how it works.
Ashes is what he wants most at the moment "The Ashes is the primary focus from my point of view, (so) I need to be in a position where I can bat for long periods of time, and at the moment I can't do that, which is annoying."
"But I'm getting there slowly, which is hard - for someone who wants to hit a million balls, it's not great being capped at 15 minutes. But I understand now that this sort of thing can take some time, and if I want to get myself right for the summer, then I need to take these measures seriously and take my time," he added.