Former Australia captain Steve Smith is targeting a World Cup return to international cricket and is ready for a hostile welcome from the English crowd, Sky Sports report.

Smith was involved in the ball-tampering scandal which took place against South Africa in Cape Town back in March.

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The 29-year-old was found guilty of ball-tampering alongside David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, with Smith being handed a 12-month ban by Cricket Australia.

The former captain last appeared in front of the media in March, when a teary Smith apologised and claimed he would do anything to make up for his mistake.

However, on Friday, Smith faced the media again and admitted he would be preparing to get another opportunity to represent his country at next year’s World Cup, revealing he is ready for a hostile reception from the English crowd.

I’m just moving forward day to day, doing what I need to do to prepare to hopefully get another opportunity to play for Australia and if that’s the World Cup and Ashes, so be it.

No doubt the English crowd will be incredibly hostile. I’m ready for that if that happens.

I’ll keep working hard and if I get that opportunity again, that’d be great

Smith, who was recently banned from the Bangladesh Premier League, has featured in Twenty20 tournaments in Canada and the Caribbean, along with representing Sydney club side Sutherland during his ban.