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Steven Smith eyes limited-overs progress

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June 9, 2014

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Steven Smith practises his legspin, Adelaide, December 4, 2013
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Over the past year, Steven Smith has grown to become an integral member of the Australia Test side, having played crucial roles in both the home Ashes and the series victory in South Africa. His limited-overs career with Australia hasn't quite flourished though, having last held down a regular spot nearly three years ago. It is something he wants to change, especially with the World Cup at home next year.

"I was pretty happy with my performances in the Ryobi and the T20 last year. It is my ambition to play all three forms for Australia," he said during Australia's fitness camp in Brisbane. "Hopefully I can keep improving and learning my game in the short form." He scored four half-centuries in eight innings for New South Wales in the Ryobi Cup last season, and played 10 matches for Rajasthan Royals in the recent IPL.

"IPL was very good for that, I've thoroughly enjoyed my time with Rajasthan, just to keep learning, and learning how to pace my innings, keep getting in those same situations, if I do it once, I know that I can do it again."

One tournament in which Smith could get a look-in in the shorter formats is the ODI tri-series in Zimbabwe starting late August. "I want to play all three forms for Australia, if I get an opportunity with a few guys potentially not going to Zimbabwe, if I get an opportunity to go there hopefully I can have a good series and really keep putting my foot forward."

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Posted by   on (June 12, 2014, 0:13 GMT)

Smith is a talented player and he should utilize his talent...

Posted by   on (June 11, 2014, 20:37 GMT)

@Siddhartha87: Sure, and Lyon is the second coming of Warne, Tim Paine the next Gilchrist and Maxwell the next Symonds, while we are at it.

Posted by siddhartha87 on (June 10, 2014, 11:02 GMT)

Smith is the new Waugh and Clarke is the new Border

Posted by social_monster09 on (June 10, 2014, 8:33 GMT)

@himmat on (June 10, 2014, 6:14 GMT) Well said mate I appreciate ur comment. But I want to add some lines about pace bowling department in ODI's that we have many options as McKay, Starc, Johnson, NC Nile for upcoming WC15. And In my view Starc is the only pacer in today's limited over cricket who is most suitable to bowl in death overs becoz of his swing & pace & IMO he is the most economical death overs bowler also.

Posted by Eightfa on (June 10, 2014, 8:25 GMT)

George baileys time is up steve smith will captain the T20 side then the one day side when clarke steps aside. he is the next in line this progresion will happen over the next 12 months. who else is there.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2014, 6:53 GMT)

Can't believe Steven_Scott's comments lol

Firstly, Steve Smith came into the Sutherland first grade side as an opening batsman, opening with Phil Jaques. Smith was always a batsman that could bowl a little bit, He started with NSW as a batsman also until a couple of overs inIndia with NSW changed the selectors's views and they tried to turn him into Shane Warne Mk II. Even at Sutherland DCC, he was the second spinner behind Adam Zampa (now in SA). This almost ruined his game for a couple of years. Smith has been scoring consistently for a few years now.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2014, 6:17 GMT)

Steven_Scott, mate I don't think you have been following Steven Smiths career very closely mate, your viewpoint may be based on something stronger than what you are saying, but most of what you are saying here is based on what people say/ think of him as opposed to what has actually eventuated. < "a failed leg-spinner"> , from the start of Steven Smiths career he has been more of a batsman than bowler.He bats at 5 for NSW. He started out batting at 8 because like the case with Cameron White, Australia were in dire straits and was looking to fill in the gaping hole in the spin department whilst simultaneously bring in a young all-rounder in for exposure. Like Cameron White , Steven Smith was compared to Shane warne, but mainly cos he was a blond and bowled leg spin, not because he was an exceptional leg spinner, and believe me this happens often in Australian cricket, I'm from Melbourne, where Warne comes from, trust me I know! Steve Smith has been performing at FC level for some time.

Posted by himmat on (June 10, 2014, 6:14 GMT)

Australia has one of the most destructive ODI squad in the world at present !!

Warner- Finch - is the new Gilchrist-Hayden !!!

then you have the unpredictably deadly middle order of Maxwell , Faulkner and Smith who can win you the match out of nowhere......!!

Spin Bowling is the concern though.....!!!

Posted by dunger.bob on (June 10, 2014, 2:36 GMT)

Whether you believe Smith is the second coming of Steve Waugh or not, it's hard to argue against the progress he's made in the last 18 months or so. I've always thought we've got some young batting talent in this country and it was really frustrating that none of them were putting their hands up when the going got tough. It's players like Smith and Warner who are showing the others how it's done and in that sense he's already leader in the Test team.

As far as one day cricket is concerned I can't think of a better type of player to have in your middle order. If you're lots down for bugger all he can bat the overs out and if you're racing along in a healthy position he won't let the run rate slip. Ideal in my mind at least.

Posted by Chris_P on (June 10, 2014, 1:11 GMT)

@Steven_Scott. Unlike you, I've been watching NSW in the shield for a number of years & this "one season form"you speak of has been around for the past 3 to 4 seasons. His technique, you are so critical about, has tightened up significantly, you don't score 4 centuries within a 7 test match span with a dodgy technique. You're right, he started out batting at #8 when he first played as a teenager, the same spot as Steve Waugh did, just about all young all rounders bat about there, both were selected for their bowing first up. I can honestly say I have never ever read he was the next Warne & Stuart Clark, while no Glen McGrath, did take 94 test wickets @ 23.86. not too shabby I would suggest.

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