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

Smith sets sights on all three formats

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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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  • POSTED BY deepak.saini62 on | April 3, 2012, 15:22 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

  • POSTED BY on | April 1, 2012, 23:59 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

  • POSTED BY on | April 1, 2012, 14:11 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

  • POSTED BY on | April 1, 2012, 13:44 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

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | April 1, 2012, 7:07 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 .

  • POSTED BY gloriouscricket on | April 1, 2012, 5:13 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.

  • POSTED BY Reuelsean on | April 1, 2012, 3:59 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

  • POSTED BY on | April 1, 2012, 2:50 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...

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | March 31, 2012, 23:16 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 .

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | March 31, 2012, 22:33 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 .

  • POSTED BY deepak.saini62 on | April 3, 2012, 15:22 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

  • POSTED BY on | April 1, 2012, 23:59 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

  • POSTED BY on | April 1, 2012, 14:11 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

  • POSTED BY on | April 1, 2012, 13:44 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

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | April 1, 2012, 7:07 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 .

  • POSTED BY gloriouscricket on | April 1, 2012, 5:13 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.

  • POSTED BY Reuelsean on | April 1, 2012, 3:59 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

  • POSTED BY on | April 1, 2012, 2:50 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...

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | March 31, 2012, 23:16 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 .

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | March 31, 2012, 22:33 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 .

  • POSTED BY on | March 31, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    A truly professional knock from Dwayne Smith. The selectors should keep an eye on him. Samuels did take 3wks, but Narsingh could have done that, & gave us much more runs. Selectors will have to make a decision regarding Samuels, that run drought is much too long. However congrats to WI.

  • POSTED BY riverlime on | March 31, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    I've said it before and i'll say it again. Dwayne Smith is a better limited overs player than Samuels, any day of the week. However, Pollard needs to open with Gayle for the T20 World Cup. They will take apart the bowling in those protected six overs, and mis-hits will go for 4 and not be caught on the boundary!! Once again, I would like to thank the WICB for finally seeing sense and returning both young Bravo and Bonner to first class cricket, which is where both their talents belong. A pity they still included Hyatt and Mathurin, but hey ho.

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | March 31, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Another dimension which Smith brings to the team is his running of singles [forcing Pollard for two when it looked like one ] and his alertness on the field ,as well as his bowling . Some of us have always believed in you and your big heart . I hope for greater things from you going forwaed . Good luck to you young man .

  • POSTED BY MsGeorge24 on | March 31, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    I personally am glad to see Dwayne Smith back in the WI side, he is an excellent batsman an I expect great things from him. He seems to be more settled and sure of what he intends to accomplish in his cricketing career, he has a strategy in place to improve on himself as a cricketer as he sets his sights on being a valuable asset in all versions of the game, I wish him all the best and hope that he is able to attain his goals.

  • POSTED BY Metman on | March 31, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Well done Dwayne ! If Pollard can do it so can you,it was only a matter of time !Looks as though Pollard has turned the corner,and you are right on his heels !Congrats again !Wonder what your detractors are saying now ? Maybe they have retreated to the comforts of the woodwork only to surface like termites when you make a small score again ! I have said it before,and I will say it again,Pollard makes his runs by bruteforce,anytime he is sent in at 3 or even opening,the chances are that he might fail.....between a rock and a hard place...not knowing if to defend or to attack.Pollard does damage in the last 5 or so overs.....if he has to come in at 3 with 5 or so overs remaining so be it...but not so early.Of course people will come with the argument that he must be sent in early to make use of the batting power play overs with the field in.......my answer to that....Pollard clears the field EASILY even when the field is out !

  • POSTED BY Mayan820 on | March 31, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Yes, India might have won . . . its possible, because nothing is impossible in T20 cricket, however I doubt they would have reached the target of 220. Its a pity the match rained out. Now for the IPL. I cannot wait to see R. Levi opening with S. Tendulkar for the Mumbai Indians. Other teams . . . watch out! These two, together will be more than a handful. I predict that they will set new records for openers in the IPL season 5. My team, however, remains RCB. RCB, you have come close; this time . . . take the title!

  • POSTED BY Vivian_Richard on | March 31, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    Better late than never. Not a huge score but seeing the way the others batted, I guess I'll have to say that the wait for Dwayne Smith to score big has finally ended. Or not. As a DS fan, I'd love to see him hit those big ones. Maybe a good showing here would prompt his IPL team back home to include him in the playing eleven for the first match.

  • POSTED BY mandi on | March 31, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    three sixes in pattinson over was very entertaining one.

  • POSTED BY TheIndiaRockers on | March 31, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    @RandyOZ-Oh dear Randy dont worry about india(if clouds have not opened india might won the match, but however SA played well). Oops aus loss again . Its clear indication, present aus can win only in aus lol. The fact is Aus cant win odi as well as T20 in WI . we(india) like to see WI back in winning form. All the best WI......

  • POSTED BY on | March 31, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Kirk only plays Tests. Right now he is representing Barbados in the WI semi-final match against Trinidad.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | March 31, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    Where is Kirk Edwards, is he only playing tests, or injured?

  • POSTED BY on | March 31, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Good to see the fighting spirit from West Indies. It would we a very exciting test series as we have seen in the ODI and T20 series.

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  • POSTED BY on | March 31, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Good to see the fighting spirit from West Indies. It would we a very exciting test series as we have seen in the ODI and T20 series.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | March 31, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    Where is Kirk Edwards, is he only playing tests, or injured?

  • POSTED BY on | March 31, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Kirk only plays Tests. Right now he is representing Barbados in the WI semi-final match against Trinidad.

  • POSTED BY TheIndiaRockers on | March 31, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    @RandyOZ-Oh dear Randy dont worry about india(if clouds have not opened india might won the match, but however SA played well). Oops aus loss again . Its clear indication, present aus can win only in aus lol. The fact is Aus cant win odi as well as T20 in WI . we(india) like to see WI back in winning form. All the best WI......

  • POSTED BY mandi on | March 31, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    three sixes in pattinson over was very entertaining one.

  • POSTED BY Vivian_Richard on | March 31, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    Better late than never. Not a huge score but seeing the way the others batted, I guess I'll have to say that the wait for Dwayne Smith to score big has finally ended. Or not. As a DS fan, I'd love to see him hit those big ones. Maybe a good showing here would prompt his IPL team back home to include him in the playing eleven for the first match.

  • POSTED BY Mayan820 on | March 31, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Yes, India might have won . . . its possible, because nothing is impossible in T20 cricket, however I doubt they would have reached the target of 220. Its a pity the match rained out. Now for the IPL. I cannot wait to see R. Levi opening with S. Tendulkar for the Mumbai Indians. Other teams . . . watch out! These two, together will be more than a handful. I predict that they will set new records for openers in the IPL season 5. My team, however, remains RCB. RCB, you have come close; this time . . . take the title!

  • POSTED BY Metman on | March 31, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Well done Dwayne ! If Pollard can do it so can you,it was only a matter of time !Looks as though Pollard has turned the corner,and you are right on his heels !Congrats again !Wonder what your detractors are saying now ? Maybe they have retreated to the comforts of the woodwork only to surface like termites when you make a small score again ! I have said it before,and I will say it again,Pollard makes his runs by bruteforce,anytime he is sent in at 3 or even opening,the chances are that he might fail.....between a rock and a hard place...not knowing if to defend or to attack.Pollard does damage in the last 5 or so overs.....if he has to come in at 3 with 5 or so overs remaining so be it...but not so early.Of course people will come with the argument that he must be sent in early to make use of the batting power play overs with the field in.......my answer to that....Pollard clears the field EASILY even when the field is out !

  • POSTED BY MsGeorge24 on | March 31, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    I personally am glad to see Dwayne Smith back in the WI side, he is an excellent batsman an I expect great things from him. He seems to be more settled and sure of what he intends to accomplish in his cricketing career, he has a strategy in place to improve on himself as a cricketer as he sets his sights on being a valuable asset in all versions of the game, I wish him all the best and hope that he is able to attain his goals.

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | March 31, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Another dimension which Smith brings to the team is his running of singles [forcing Pollard for two when it looked like one ] and his alertness on the field ,as well as his bowling . Some of us have always believed in you and your big heart . I hope for greater things from you going forwaed . Good luck to you young man .