Smith’s keen for an­other T20 bash

Cap­tain eyes World Cup

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Steve Smith re­mains com­mit­ted to play­ing T20 in­ter­na­tional cricket de­spite not hav­ing rep­re­sented Aus­tralia in the for­mat for 23 months.

Smith was rested for the up­com­ing T20 tri-se­ries to al­low him to re­fresh be­fore the South African tour, but ex­pects to even­tu­ally find his place back in the Aus­tralian T20 team.

When that is, not even he knows.

“I want to play T20 cricket for Aus­tralia, that’s for sure,” Smith said yes­ter­day at the launch of the T20 men’s and women’s World Cups, to be held in Aus­tralia in 2020.

“Play­ing a World Cup in Aus­tralia would be a huge hon­our.”

He was a cru­cial plank in Aus­tralia’s 2015 ODI World Cup vic­tory, but has since found it dif­fi­cult to com­mit to play­ing in the short­est for­mat for his coun­try, pre­dom­i­nantly due to the packed in­ter­na­tional sched­ule and the de­mands of cap­taincy.

Smith is a former Syd­ney Six­ers cap­tain and con­ceded yes­ter­day he would like to play more short-form do­mes­tic cricket in Aus­tralia, not pos­si­ble this sum­mer due to his Ashes and ODI com­mit­ments.

“It would be nice (to play more BBL) but ob­vi­ously the sched­ule doesn’t al­low us to play a lot of that at the mo­ment,” he said.

“Maybe down the track that might come in.”

Smith’s in­ter­na­tional T20 record is pass­able but not much bet­ter. It cer­tainly is nowhere near as im­pres­sive as his Test and ODI stats.

Across 30 T20I matches, he has made two half cen­turies and av­er­ages 21 at a strike rate of 122.

When asked where he could slot into the Aus­tralian T20 team, he re­sponded by play­ing down his big-hit­ting abil­i­ties.

“I’d say a mid­dle-or­der bat­ter with a cou­ple of guys up top that go pretty hard,” he said.

Mean­while Aus­tralian selec­tor Trevor Hohns said seamer Chadd Say­ers was not owed a phone call over his non-se­lec­tion for the South African Test se­ries.

The chair­man of se­lec­tors was dis­ap­pointed with the way the South Aus­tralian quick had han­dled the mat­ter in the me­dia with­out first wait­ing for an ex­pla­na­tion through a re­turned phone call.

Hohns said Say­ers was not part of the Ashes squad for the fi­nal three Tests.

“We ring play­ers who are in the side and we ring play­ers who are dropped out of the pre­vi­ous side,” he said.

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