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Australia all-rounder Steven Smith has been having a stellar year in the longest format of the game, but his career has been floundering when it comes to ODI cricket and Twenty20 Internationals.
Smith has not been a regular member in Australia’s limited overs squads since 2011 and he has, on more than one occasion, noted that it is his “ambition” to represent his country in all three formats of the game.
“I was pretty happy with my performances in the Ryobi and the T20 last year,” Smith said. “It is my ambition to play all three forms for Australia. Hopefully I can keep improving and learning my game in the short form.”
“[The] IPL was very good for that, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with Rajasthan, just to keep learning, and learning how to pace my innings, keep getting in those same situations, if I do it once, I know that I can do it again.”
Smith is now eyeing the ODI tri-series in Zimbabwe in late August as he believes it presents him with a golden opportunity to impress the national selectors.
“I want to play all three forms for Australia,” he said. “If I get an opportunity with a few guys potentially not going to Zimbabwe, if I get an opportunity to go there, hopefully I can have a good series and really keep putting my foot forward.”