Smith back for BBL's Sixers with eye on T20 World Cup

PRIMED TO BASH: Top Australian batsman Steve Smith is looking forward to joining the Sydney Sixers for part of the Big Bash League in Australia
PRIMED TO BASH: Top Australian batsman Steve Smith is looking forward to joining the Sydney Sixers for part of the Big Bash League in Australia
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Australia's top batsman Steve Smith says he is returning to the Big Bash League domestic cricket tournament for the Sydney Sixers with an eye on next year's Twenty20 World Cup on home soil.

The world's top-ranked Test batsman was part of the Sixers team which won the first edition of the tournament in 2011 and he last appeared in the BBL in 2014.

Smith has played 36 internationals for Australia in the shortest format of the game and is expected to be a key member of the squad looking to win the World Cup for the first time.

“I'll love to be part of the World Cup. I was part of the 50-over World Cup in Australia last time and it was probably the best six weeks of my life,” Smith said in a video interview on the team's website.

“It was amazing and I'll love to be part of the next one. Obviously the Big Bash is the breeding ground now for T20 cricket in Australia and I'll do my best to help the guys win some games.”

The 30-year-old will be available for the Sixers' last few games of the regular season and the finals series if they qualify after Australia's one-day international tour of India in January.

“When the schedule came out and I saw there was a chance to wear the magenta again I jumped at the opportunity and look forward to joining up with the team after my January national team commitments have ended,” he added. — Reuters

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