West Indies news February 17, 2014

Smith looking to revive WI career

Dwayne Smith is aiming to resuscitate his West Indies career after being named the Most Valuable Player in the Nagico Super50. Smith followed up his Mumbai Indians double-haul of the 2013 IPL and Champions League T20 titles, with a man-of-the-match performance against Trinidad and Tobago in the final.

He professed his excitement by following up on his MVP award in the CLT20 and hoped that these back-to-back personal accolades would kickstart his career once more. "It feels very good to play a good innings and to go on to continue to win the finals. And now I'm here holding the trophy. I won it the first time I played (for Barbados) in 2003 but it's the result of working hard throughout the entire series," Smith told ESPNcricinfo. "Now I'm excited to link up with the West Indies team again. I worked myself very hard to get back into the team."

Smith has been recalled for the two T20s versus Ireland but omitted from the ODI roster. He said that he hoped his performances against the Irish would propel him into West Indies' limited-overs squad for the home series against England, as the team prepare to defend their World T20 title in Bangladesh.

Smith finished as the Super50's top batsman with 232 runs at an average of 58, and credited his opening role with the Mumbai Indians as a crucial element to his resurgence. He admitted the IPL gave him stability in his role as an opener after floating around between the top three spots. "I'm enjoying the role as opener once more. It's a position I get to play and score freely. I showed it in the IPL and in the Champions League.

"The selectors and coaches who backed me for this position, I'm repaying them. Also, for Mumbai, I got to bowl more than expected. I'm always willing and up to do the best job I can, as an all-rounder."

With Chennai Super Kings snapping him up for the 2014 IPL, Smith said that he was excited to test new pastures, especially as he feels at 30, he needs to be maximizing on his playing opportunities.

"Mumbai was quite an experience. The Champions League was too. But The MVP title was one of the biggest highlights ever. Now, it's onto newer things and I'm looking forward."

Renaldo Matadeen is a sportswriter and social media manager for ESPN Caribbean. He tweets here

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  • charlie on February 19, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    It's always better to comment on what one knows ,or sees , rather than what one feels !!

  • Orlando on February 18, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    Very glad to have Smith back. But where is Sarwan and Carter for ODIs? After being out for weeks without any competitive cricket, what sort of form will Gayle and Samuels be in? Both of them were in wretched form before their injuries, though clearly both are good batman in this format. Furthermore Powell has continued to under perform of late and still gets picked. One can understand why the selectors want to stick with a core of players but it has been a failing core. From one series to another they seem to forget that it is the same group of under performing players who are being used again and again. They did well to include Kirk Edwards and Cummins but they have to use in-form quality players when available.

  • andrew on February 18, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    he is not the first or will he be the last player to have a catch dropped off him, besides an attacking batsmen will give chances, but certainly not every innings, that being said he has been producing in every tournament he has played IPL, CPL, CLT20 and now the NAGICO super 50, i always thought he was good and now he is much improved, he must continue to work hard and hitting cleaner...well done DR Smith

  • Dummy4 on February 18, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    Rubbish and Rubbish. Why all these accolades for smith? He can only play on one side of the wicket. The two biggest innings that he had in the just concluded tournament was a result of dropped catches early in his innings. International teams will not make give him the second and third chances. Its the same old Dwayne Smith play all the balls to the onside.

  • Dummy4 on February 18, 2014, 0:01 GMT

    Well he can't do much worse. Improving an average of 19 can't be that hard.

  • Dummy4 on February 17, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    Smith's exclusion from any WI ODI/T20 squad on current form is non-sense!!! Opening the batting has forced Dwayne to improve his defensive technique. What better place to learn batsmanship than at the feet of the master Sachin. Talent was never his issue now he has matured into a fine Intl batsman.

  • charlie on February 17, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    WI management and selectors don't seem to appreciate ,or use talent when and where available . Here is a losing team by any standard ,with a multitude of failing players of lower standards ,who can't see it fit to include a player of Smith's ability , yet teams the world over where meaningful cricket is being played find him to be such a valuable asset . One has to assume ,whether fairly or unfairly ,that there is something more sinister to this strategy .

  • Android on February 17, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    smith is much better than johnson charles and simmons.he should be a regular in windies team.

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