West Indies in England 2011 September 17, 2011

Worked hard on my batting - Dwayne Smith

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dwayne Smith, the West Indies allrounder, who returned to the squad for the Twenty20 series against England after an 18-month break, is eager to re-establish himself on the international stage.

"I am going to bring intensity and energy to the team," Smith said. "I see this as a chance to re-start my international career. As I was training and working on my game [after being dropped], I kept telling myself 'I just need one sniff and I'll take it'. This is my big chance, I have to make sure I take it."

Smith last played for West Indies against Zimbabwe in Guyana in March 2010, in a match that the hosts lost by two runs. In the lead-up to that game, Smith managed to go past fifty only once in ten innings, with seven single-digit scores - apart from being expensive with the ball - prompting the selectors to look at other options. Smith said he had worked on the technical and mental side of his game since.

"I worked very hard on my batting. I realised I have to be more patient and aim to hit straighter," he said. "This new way of thinking has been working for me. The coaches have asked for commitment and I intend to put in the work required to reap success at the international level."

While he was out of the West Indies team, Smith had a stint with English county Sussex, playing in the Friends Life t20 tournament. He said the experience in English conditions would hold him in good stead in next week's Twenty20s.

"I was at Sussex for three seasons, playing a lot of Twenty20 cricket and I have good knowledge of what to expect," he said. "I actually got the chance to play at The Oval [where the Twenty20s will be played] a few times, so I am familiar with the conditions and will be able to share that information with the other guys in the team."

The first Twenty20 will be played on September 23 at The Oval in London.

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  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    His bowling has come on leaps and bounds to the point where I think in ODIs he may even be considered a bowling allrounder. However, his batting obviously is where the interest lies. Would be interesting to filter his stats to reflect WHERE he batted in ODI. I don't think captains have been fair to Smith wrt batting positions. Most times i remember him coming at 6 7 or below to try to orchestrate micacles. He's shown a higher propensity to hit straight during the Caribbeab t20 earlier this yr and that brought him some sucess. With the trinis at the CL, he needs to make these couple games count BIG!

  • Michael on September 18, 2011, 0:32 GMT

    @Stephen Kisson !You called Pollard decent talent ?Pollard is not only a complete failure,he is also a well established and renown failure against quality bowling,against whom he averages <5 ,and just over 20 when the minnows are included.

  • Basil on September 17, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    He should concentrate on his batting and try to make no6 in the Test team his own. His medium pace can be used as a fifth bowling option to tie up one end.

  • Dummy4 on September 17, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    Dwayne Smith has more cricketing talent in his little finger than many current WI players have in their whole bodies. Lets hope he makes use of this second opportunity for our sake. Good look pal.

  • hensley on September 17, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    Smith and Gipson will work well together, good choice in bringing him back. This guy is only 28 years old.

  • Jay on September 17, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    Another WASTED product of the Caribbean, thanks to the stupidity of the WICB. Dwayne Smith could have been what Pollard is NOW ! in fact I rate Smith higher than Pollard. Good luck Dwayne, do WI a favor and put one across the English.

  • Dummy4 on September 17, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    barnwell is a better bet, windies shouldnt invest in this guy agagin, theres barnwell, bravo, pollar, russel and to a less extend sammy, so why dwayne smith ??? makes no sense bringing back a complete failure when you got decent talent.

  • Ravi on September 17, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    I am a big fan of Dwayne Smith. Good to see Smith is back in the West Indies team. He is a very good fielder and useful bowler too. Now time to prove how good a batsmen he is .. good luck brother, you have 7 to 8 years of good cricket left in you. Play well and contribute to West Indies success.

  • Dummy4 on September 17, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    Smith go out and succeed help West Indies to be #1 once again

  • Siroson on September 17, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    He's a very good ATHLETE!!

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