He has done everything in the game, ODI World Cup, T20 World Cup, Ashes wins and scoring centuries in pretty much every country in the world. Now Steve Smith returns to where it all started by signing for the Sixers in the upcoming Big Bash.
He wanted to play for the Sixers last season but was blocked from playing by Cricket Australia with him not having signed on the dotted line early enough. It was a decision that divided opinion but it was certainly a mistake that wasn't going to be repeated.
With Glenn Maxwell now out of the entire BBL due to his broken leg, Cricket Australia needs everything to go right in this BBL and by bringing in Steve Smith they will be hoping the viewers follow.
Head of Sydney Sixers, Jonathan Robinson-Lees said the club was over the moon after Smith agreed to become a replacement player upon his availability.
“Steve and his management recently confirmed he will be available to play in this summer’s Big Bash after his international commitments have finished in January,” Robinson-Lees said.
“That is great news for the Sixers, the BBL and for fans.
“We are really excited for the team and especially our fans, who will now get to see one of the world’s greatest players in magenta this summer.”
Smith should be around for four regular season matches when he joins Travis Head, Alex Carey and David Warner as the players coming out of the Test and ODI squads and moving onto the Big Bash.
The highlight of the four matches that Smith will be playing is the Sydney Smash at the SCG on January 21. That match will see Smith go up against Warner in a match that Cricket Australia and the BBL will no doubt promote endlessly. And rightly so with two of the world's best coming up against each other in our own backyards.
In the past, Steve Smith has won the title with the Sixers twice including captaining the inaugural BBL title. It was a BBL side of legends with Brett Lee, Brad Haddin, Shane Watson, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazelwood, Moises Henriques and Steve O’Keefe.
Henriques, who alongside Smith, is the only other Sixer to captain the club to win a BBL title, said the veteran’s commitment to the Sixers has never been in question.
“Steve Smith is a Sixer. He has been part of this club from the start, and he will be part of this club for as long as he wants to be,” Henriques said.
“He has always known that the door is open to him playing with us again and we are really excited that our fans will see him in four matches in the latter half of the season, including two at the SCG.
“He’s focused on the Test summer right now but once that is over, we will welcome him back with open arms.”
Smith comes into the competition having scored 714 runs in 30 matches in the past. He will provide some key runs at the top of the order as well as possibly even rolling out some leggies if we get lucky.
The first match of the Big Bash begins this evening with the Sydney Thunder taking on the Melbourne Stars from Manuka Oval.
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