Australia's run-machine Steve Smith has rejoined Big Bash League side Sydney Sixers after he re-signed with the team on Thursday, paving way for his comeback in the tournament after six years. Steve Smith was a part of the first Sydney Sixers team that lifted the inaugural cup back in 2014. Steve Smith made his return to Australia's T20 squad recently against Sri Lanka and Pakistan and managed to pile up runs in the shortest format too, indicating that he has his eyes set firmly on the T20 World Cup which will take place next year.
Steve Smith is a batsman who makes the bowlers toil hard and earn his wicket. This was proved in the Ashes series against arch-rivals England. However, it is frustrating for any batsman when he is given out in the wrong manner and that is exactly what had happened with the top-ranked Test batsman as well. It happened during the Sheffield Shield contest between New South Wales and Western Australia. Smith had scored a brilliant century and was looking to take NSW to a mammoth score. However, his stay in the middle came to an abrupt end in the most bizarre manner. On the fourth ball of the 121st over which was bowled by Marcus Stoinis, Smith attempted to play an uppercut off the short delivery which was bowled. However, he missed it completely and the ball was collected by Josh Inglis behind the stumps. Meanwhile, Western Australian players appealed for a catch and surprisingly, the on-field umpire gave it out much to Smith's dismay as he went back to the pavilion by shaking his head and with a crestfallen face. He also raised his bat half-heartedly to the crowd. He went back for a 295-ball 103.
Steve Smith was fined 25% of his match fee for breaching the Level 1 Code of Conduct. Subsequently, Steve Smith accepted the charge. He scored his slowest-ever first-class hundred, staying at the crease for a monumental 295 deliveries. Smith’s innings was laced with 11 boundaries and 2 hits over the fence. Smith’s marathon hundred, along with half-centuries from Moises Henriques, Daniel Hughes, and Pat Cummins, helped New South Wales pile on 444/8 against Western Australia. Marcus Stoinis, Liam O Connor and D’Arcy Short picked up 2 wickets each, while the other two wickets were picked up by Matthew Kelly and Liam Guthrie.