‘Wait and see’: In-form Steve Smith on Australia T20I return after scintillating run in the ongoing BBL season

Smith has registered scores of 36, 101, 125* and 66 in the four BBL innings so far.

Steve Smith | GettyStar batter Steve Smith said he will wait and see about returning to the Australian T20I side after his scintillating run in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) season.

Playing for Sydney Sixers, Smith has registered scores of 36, 101, 125* and 66 in the four innings so far. The right-hander has also smashed 24 sixes in the tournament till now as his batting as an opener has brought him back into conversation for a return to the Australian T20I team.

Smith, however, isn't thinking too far ahead and just enjoying his batting at the moment.

“I’m just enjoying playing at the moment; I enjoy batting up the top, it’s been good fun,” Smith said, as quoted by Fox Sports.

“I don’t think we have any T20 internationals for some time, we’ll wait and see where things land, but it’s been good fun for the time being,” he added.

The 33-year-old admitted that batting at the top suits his game.

“I’m not sure. It’s a different role being up the top; it’s a completely different place to bat, but it’s a place I think that suits me,” he said.

“I think I hit unique parts of the ground when there’s two out. I’m able to get in to it and then once the fielders go out, I want to score so I can keep playing.

“Most players like batting up the top and I’ve been given this opportunity and it’s been good fun.”

The qualifying match between Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers on Saturday (January 28) will be Smith's last game before heads to India for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Smith said that the back spasms which caused him some problem in the last innings is getting better.

“Before the last game I was quite sore, then today I was a bit better … fingers crossed it just keeps getting better and better,” he said.

“It was just some disc issues and it should all be fine.

“I’m feeling really good. It’s been good fun batting up the top, having the freedom to just go out and play, which is how I want to play and set the team up … I’ve enjoyed it.”


By Salman Anjum - 24 Jan, 2023

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