Sakshi Jain ∙ Aug 30 2022, 7:23 AM

Steve Smith confident of playing for Australia in the T20 World Cup 2022

image-l7fu6gt8Steve Smith in Autsralia colours (PC: Twitter)

Despite a lean patch in the T20 Internationals, former Australian skipper Steve Smith is confident of delivering big in the T20 World Cup. Australia will have the responsibility of retaining the title as they will host the marquee ICC event from October 16.

Smith failed to make any contribution to Australia’s victory in the T20 World Cup last year. Playing in the United Arab Emirates, the batter struggled with his form and ended up with just 69 runs from four innings. Thus, there are questions about whether the former skipper will make it to the final playing XI.

In 2022, Smith has featured in just five T20 Internationals scoring 65 runs at an average of 21.66 and a strike rate of 120.37. During the T20I series against Sri Lanka, the right-hander was assigned a new role as a number four batter.

The right-hander is optimistic about his form

"I feel like when I'm play good T20 cricket, i'm in that team for sure. I think the role that I've been given in the last couple of years is the Mr. Fix-it of role, and that tag's been taken away from me now (since) the Sri Lanka tour. I felt like I could go out and just play with a lot more freedom naturally (in Sri Lanka) and not have any kind of hesitation in the back of my mind."

Australia to take a call on Smith’s future

Further, the batter also showed faith in his ability to hit a bowler for six on the very first ball. Smith believes that he can play alongside power-hitters like Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell really well in the middle-order.

Australia have a lot of time to think about their playing XI for the T20 World Cup. The Men in Yellow are expected to make a final decision on Smith’s future after looking at his performance in the coming T20I series. Ahead of the World Cup, Aaron Finch’s side will be playing against the likes of India, the West Indies, and England.

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