West Indies v Australia, 2nd Twenty20, Bridgetown March 30, 2012

Smith sets sights on all three formats

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dwayne Smith hopes his success in his return to the West Indies Twenty20 side can help him force his way back into the ODI and Test outfits as well. Smith was Man of the Match in West Indies' 14-run win in the second Twenty20 against Australia in Barbados, where his 63 from 34 balls gave West Indies enough runs to defend in order to draw the series 1-1.

It was Smith's fourth match for West Indies in two years, and he has not been part of the ODI side since March 2010 or the Test team since March 2006. Smith said he hoped he could build on his work as a Twenty20 opener in the other formats.

"I love opening the batting," Smith said after the win. "I made the decision to move up the order and I know I had to make it happen. It is great to bat at the top in Twenty20 so you get use of 120 balls and you also face the ball when it is harder. I am focussing on Twenty20 at the moment and also trying to get back into the 50-over team. From there I would target a return to the longer version of the game."

Smith made 10 in the first match of the series and he said when he was in the middle in the second game his thoughts turned to his daughter's cheeky remark before the game.

"Before I came to the ground I called my daughter and she said, 'Daddy if you don't make runs don't come home'," Smith said. "When I was batting I was thinking about her and that conversation. She inspires me ... guess I can go home now."

Although West Indies lost momentum when Smith departed, their 160 proved enough for their bowlers to defend despite the Kensington Oval being good for batting. Australia's captain George Bailey said the inability of his batsmen to capitalise on their starts had hurt, especially given the way their bowlers had fought back to keep West Indies from a total closer to 200.

"For a game that's so reliant on momentum I thought we did a really good job to pull it back to 160," Bailey said. "I thought we probably wrestled the momentum a couple of times with the bat. Davey [Warner] and I certainly had it, but then the opportunity to take that to a match-winning partnership like Huss and Watto did the other day, we didn't take that.

"Then Dave Huss and Wadey I thought were going along really nicely. Then a loss of composure there and not being able to get Dave Huss on strike, that was a momentum shift [and] you just don't get a chance to give up the game three times, like we did."

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  • deepak on April 3, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    After the gayle and smith back in west squad the westindies world best team. The possible XI is- 1.Galye 2.A.Barth 3.Smith 4.Ramdin 5.D.bravo 6.k.pollard 7.ds.bravo 8.a.rashal 9.d.sammy 10.sunil 11.f.adwards

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2012, 22:59 GMT

    It seems quite a few people here are guided by sentiment and not reality. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Dwayne smith having a preference for scoring in the legside .what about Graeme Smith?Tthe issue is being selective about which balls to hit .Also cant you see that Pollard is best suited to where is in the order,unless the opposition does not have a fast bowler to bowl the length Brett lee bowled to him ? It is not so much about where he come sin the order as about his inability to handle fast short pitched deliveries

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Just imagine for an ODI team Gayle,Smith,Simmons,Charles/Barath,Pollard,Sammy,Baugh,Rampaul,Fidel,Roach,Narine/Bishoo. (World Champion Team) Come all selectors choose the best players

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    These selectors obviously are not seeing what the general cricketing public are seeing, they are the cause why WI are not winning with their brainless bias towards mediocre players, how on earth can can play Powell, who not ready at this stage in his game, Hyatt my word, he was an utter failure in India, did nothing special regionally and bring him back for six runs, Sammy spoke about firepower and you drop Santokie, keep Mathurin and bring back Samuels to bat sooo low if he is playing as a bowler bring badree, this is absolutely brainless,is Samuels now a better bowler than Bishoo,Benn and Best, as one commentator said cricket is about batting and bowling get the best bowlers and batsmen with two or the most three all rounders, check the statistics, Samuels returns are ridiculous are you going to play him in the tests and hope he gets runs or play a youngster like jonathan carter or deonerine

  • charlie on April 1, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    Dwayne Smith ,Like the greatest " Sir Garfield " ,has said, has as much ability as anyone playing the game today . Yes ! he is strong on the onside and so are many others ,but he also is good on the off side . No one questions Michael Clarke's onside prefference ,not the Australians anyway . Furthermore , it doesn't matter where he hits it ,as long as it clears the boundary ropes . Lets give jack his jacket ! for when the time comes ,he'll wear it proudly .

  • trevor on April 1, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    Dwayne Smith has forced WINDIES selectors to consider his strong cricketing abilities at all levels.He can be seen as an opener or as a genuine all rounder batting at #6 to steer the lower half of the innings. His return to the longer formats of the game is imminent; Dwayne will be part of the WI winning teams.He seems to have relish his return to the Team; He ,s been making runs prior to his 20/20 innings. Great news that seems to have gone unnoticed: WINDIES are laying the groundwork to have OUR OWN version of the limited overs game.The talent is there,lets move forward.Congrats WINDIES.

  • Reuel on April 1, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    I don't think that anyone has ever doubted dwayne smith's ability to play, just his ability to be consistent. I'm happy to see that he is playing more to his potential, he certainly looks a more matured player. On the issue of Pollard, he has been improving at a steady pace for a while now, and has been showing signs since last year in the caribbean when india toured. i think he now knows his game, and is more comfortable with it. I think the WI management however is still making too many stupid mistakes, for e.g. if Dwayne smith was fit, why was powell chosen to open in three odi's and why send Pollard up the order to bat at no. 3, when the stage was already setup for him to demolish the bowling attack down the order? and when that failed, they sent sammy up the order to fail as well. the people who are calling for Pollard to open the batting, you all need to stop, he is doing just fine at no.5, the openers need to do there jobs at the top, full stop

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    If he wants to play in all three formats, he needs to learn to score on either side of the wicket; Chris Gayle's wagon-wheels for both his triple centuries verify an ability to play the ball thru the arc of point and mid-off, the hallmark of the greats. Smith will suffer forever until he gets over his wanting to hit thru midwicket, and his bowling needs to be more persitently accurate, too! Not doubting that it could happen, but that is what is necessary to match his ambition...

  • charlie on March 31, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    I have learned in the past ,not to be too critical about players early in their careers ,because I have seen so many players blossom into greats . Looking into the history of the great Sir Garfied Sobers one has to look no further to see ,how a player can evolve into a great one . The same could be for some of these youngsters today ,not that I equating them to him ,but that they too could become great players .

  • charlie on March 31, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    I don't think Pollard is a suitable fit so far up the order . As we know facing a new ball can be a challenge for those used to batting lower in the order . Batting at no:4 should workout favourably for Pollard ,even in 20/20 format .

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