Smith’s keen for another T20 bash
Captain eyes World Cup
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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