Sri Lanka can expect a focused Steve Smith in T20s

2019-10-21 at 15:02

Steve Smith has set his sights on finding his best Twenty20 form for Australia as he prepares to play his first international in the format in three-and-a-half years.

Smith will turn out for the Aussies in upcoming series against Sri Lanka beginning on Sunday, as Australia cast an eye to next year’s home World Cup.

It will mark the former captain’s first T20 for Australia since their 2016 World Cup exit in India.

The best batsman in the world in longer formats, Smith averages 21.55 for Australia in T20 cricket.

Smith said, “”I haven’t played a lot of T20 cricket for Australia in the past few years, being rested and all that kind of things.  Hopefully I can get the tempo of the game straight away and have a good few weeks with the Australian team.”

The former Australia captain will play a full calendar of short-form cricket between now and next October’s World Cup, including in the IPL and England’s new The Hundred competition.

Smith began his white-ball practice in the nets on Monday as NSW wrapped up their Shield win over Tasmania, after hitting a century in the first innings. That ton came after a rare double failure in the opening Shield round against Queensland, following his rampant Ashes series.