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The Sydney Sixers have signed flamboyant West Indies batsman Dwayne Smith for this year’s edition of the Big Bash League (BBL).
Smith has been regarded as a Twenty20 specialist and rightfully so, especially after his performances in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
Smith represented the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL and scored 566 runs, which included five half-centuries, in 16 matches at an average of 35.37 and a strike-rate of 136.05.
Smith’s red-hot form continued in the CPL, in which he played for the Barbados Tridents, who went on to win the tournament. The 31-year-old amassed 353 runs, which included two centuries and a half-century, at an average of 44.12 and a strike-rate of 133.71. In fact, Smith was also included in the CPL Team of the Tournament due to his stellar performance with the bat.
“I’m looking forward to playing the games and I’m sure the players will be raring to win games too so I hope I can just get out there and put my team in good position or win games for them,” Smith said. “I’m sure the pitches will play differently to places like the West Indies, India and other places like Bangladesh that I’ve played before so I’m raring to get over there and play for the Sixers.
“I’m going to come and give it my best and hopefully we can see plenty of sixes when it comes my turn to play for the Sixers.”
Smith comes into the BBL with a bucketload of experience as he has played for a number of teams across numerous domestic Twenty20 tournaments all around the world.
In his career thus far, Smith has played for the Chennai Super Kings, the now defunct Deccan Chargers and the Mumbai Indians in the IPL. He has also represented Sussex in England’s County cricket league, the Sylhet Royals and the Khulna Royal Bengals in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and the Barbados Tridents in the CPL.
Even Sixers head coach Trevor Bayliss could not hide his excitement at having secured the services of the powerful West Indian.
“Dwayne is a powerful exciting stroke maker at the top of the order,” Bayliss said. “Since his last stay playing T20 for NSW, Dwayne has made a name for himself in the IPL as the second highest scorer and also hitting the second most number of sixes.
“He scored two centuries in the recently completed Caribbean T20 League and was on the winning team. He also bowls some handy medium pace and his fielding is top class.”