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Smith ready to step up in Perth
Steve Smith at the WACA Ground today. Pic: Mogens Johansen/The West Australian

In an Ashes series dominated by bowling exploits, all-rounder Steve Smith says Australia's batsmen have been more than happy to share the runs on their way to a 2-0 series lead.

But the 24-year-old says he hopes the third Test, starting Friday at the WACA Ground, will be his chance to go on and make a big score.

Smith has recorded a low-key start to summer with the bat for the Aussies, making scores of 31 and 0 in Brisbane and 6 and 23no in Adelaide.

After scoring a maiden Test century at the Oval in August and strong domestic performances, he said the conditions at the WACA Ground will hopefully help him rediscover his form.

"I haven't scored the runs that I would have liked so far but the other batters have definitely stepped up," he said.

"For me, this game is about going out there and having a good positive mindset and hopefully being able to get a few this week.

"My game now is more suited to this wicket than it probably previously has been, my patience now has changed a bit

"Going out there it's pretty key to watch the ball closely early and leave well.

"I've heard from all the boys that it's one of the best places to bat in the world when you get in.

"Hopefully I get through my first 30 balls and go from there."

Smith's bowling has been used in bursts in the past two Tests by skipper Michael Clarke, netting the wicket of English danger-man Ian Bell with a full-toss in Adelaide, but the leg-spinner said he didn't think he would be required this week.

He said he expected the selectors to stick with Nathan Lyon and resist the urge to play four quicks, particularly given the forecast temperatures of nearly 40C.

"He's a quality bowler on the pitches that do get a bit more bounce," Smith said.

"He's that little bit taller and I think it's one of his real strengths.

"With the extra heat around as well I think we might play a spinner."

The form of Mitchell Johnson has been heavily documented so far this series, but it's not just the tourists suffering from the WA quick's ballistic deliveries.

Speaking ahead of today's training session, Smith said he was dreading the seven minutes he'll have to spend facing Johnson in the nets.

"Not really looking forward to that to be honest," he said.

"He's pretty scary on most wickets so the Perth nets are quite bouncy and fast as well like the middle.

"Try to get in behind a few and try not to get hit is probably (the plan)."