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Dwayne Smith added to Mumbai squad

Cricinfo staff


Dwayne Smith: Mumbai's ninth overseas player and a like-for-like replacement for Dwayne Bravo © Getty Images
 

Dwayne Smith, the West Indies allrounder, has been summoned by the Mumbai Indians to spruce up their line-up after the departure of his West Indies team-mate, Dwayne Bravo. Each team is allowed nine overseas players and Smith will be Mumbai's ninth.

Bravo left after the game against the Deccan Chargers on Sunday to join the national squad preparing for the home Test series against Australia that starts in Jamaica on Thursday.

Though Andre Nel, the South African fast bowler, had already joined the Mumbai squad on Sunday, the team management felt they needed someone who could be an equal replacement for Bravo, who scored 178 runs, picked up 11 wickets and took four catches in nine IPL matches.

Smith has shone more as a bowler in Twenty20 games- his 11 wickets in nine games at 15.27 is more impressive than his 72 runs in at an average of eight.

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