County news May 7, 2013

Dwayne Smith back at Sussex for T20

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dwayne Smith, the West Indies allrounder, has been re-signed by Sussex as an overseas player for the Friends Life t20. Smith previously played in all formats for the county on a Kolpak agreement in 2008 and 2009, then as an overseas T20 signing the following year.

Smith hit 59 from 26 balls to help Sussex to victory in the 2009 Twenty20 Cup final, part of a limited-overs double with the Pro40 league, which they also won in 2008. Smith, 30, who is currently playing in the IPL for Mumbai Indians, will join former New Zealand international Scott Styris as Sussex's overseas players, after a deal for John Hastings fell through.

"I'm very happy to be joining Sussex again," Smith said. "I can't wait to get back to my second home and the lovely crowd at Hove."

Having played 87 ODIs, to go with 10 Tests and 17 T20 internationals, Smith last week missed out on selection for West Indies' Champions Trophy squad. Sussex, who were beaten semi-finalists in last season's FLt20, will begin their campaign at home to Surrey on June 28.

Sussex's professional cricket manager, Mark Robinson, said: "Dwayne has the ability to win games by himself with the bat, he is a more-than-useful bowler and he is one of the best fielders ever to have been seen at Hove. He is immensely popular with the players, the members and the sponsors and everybody is excited about his return."

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  • charlie on May 10, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Belief in one garners self confidence and apriciation encourages one to succeed . [ DR Smith in his cricketing sojourn ] .

  • Derek on May 8, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    @simonviller your sentiment has allegedly got Andre Russell into trouble. Sussex sees something in Smith which the domestic decision makers do not. The way to guarantee a performance is to give an assurance. The WI never do than they wonder why their player lack consistency. Take team leadership while all performances are key one person in the team must be given the leadership role and assessed not solely on his individual performances but how his exclusion affects the whole team. Conversely does his inclusion allow others to perform better or worst? Smith being in England for Sussex could still be that emergency call up during the champions trophy. With India leaving out Yuvraj I'd like to see someone like Dwayne hit Broad for 36 in an over

  • charlie on May 8, 2013, 1:07 GMT

    There has to be something other than his performance why this guy is not popular with WI selectors . I makes one wonder why WI went to Australia without him on their last tour on those lively wickets ,where the other WI batsmen failed ,or were unable to handle the short deliveries . Call it politics or whatever ,I hope that he continues to earn his rightful dues away from home and stay where he is appreciated more .

  • Dummy4 on May 7, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    Good luck to you Dwayne, I am sure your performances will make you a prime candidate for Barbados and WI 20/20, unfortunately the 50 over and longer version of the game seem to be closed to you now, make a living and perform as best you can, hope you get to play AGAINST Barbados in the CPL.

  • NIGEL on May 7, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Happy for you Dwayne, we at the West Indies may not see and use your talent in the T20 format, but it is surely bringing you rewards elsewhere. Good luck and keep getting better at your trade!

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