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Steve Smith has not featured in a Twenty20 International since the 2016 World Twenty20, but what does the future hold for the Australian skipper in the shortest format.
Smith is coming off a hectic summer at home, where he led Australia to a 4-0 win over England in the Ashes.
However, his side were unable to get the job done in the five-match ODI series that followed as they were comprehensively beaten 4-1.
With a four-Test tour of South Africa beginning in March, Smith has been given some time off to rest and recuperate. As a result, he will miss the upcoming T20 tri-series, which also involves England and New Zealand.
Even though Smith is interested in playing Twenty20 Internationals, he himself doesn’t know when he will play his next match.
“I want to play T20 cricket for Australia, that’s for sure,” Smith was quoted as saying by foxsports.com.au. “Playing a World Cup in Australia would be a huge honour.”
Smith admitted that he would love to feature in Twenty20 competitions like the Big Bash League (BBL), but he is unable to do so due to the stacked schedule his side have.
“It would be nice (to play more BBL) but obviously the schedule doesn’t allow us to play a lot of that at the moment,” he said. “Maybe down the track that might come in.”
With Smith averaging 21.55 in the 30 Twenty20 Internationals he has played to date, he admitted that he would demote himself to a middle-order batsman.
“I’ d say a middle-order batter with a couple of guys up top that go pretty hard,” he said.