Steve Smith joins Sydney Sixers for upcoming BBL season
Steve Smith has re-joined Sydney Sixers after a gap of six years, it was announced by the franchise.
Smith has represented Sixers in 26 games and led them to their only title during the inaugural season of BBL in 2011-12. He last played for them back in 2014.
While Smith has been a prolific Test batsman over the last couple of years, he has started to restore his T20 batting credentials as well.
He scored two unbeaten half-centuries against Sri Lanka and Pakistan as Australia look to build up their squad for the World T20 next year. It is most likely that he will join the Sixers for a brief stint after a three-match ODI series against India which ends on January 19.
"I am excited about getting an opportunity to play for the Sydney Sixers again," Smith said as quoted by Sydney Sixers.
“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.”
To have Smith in the side, Sydney Sixers have released wicket-keeper batsman Peter Nevill. Head coach Greg Shipperd said Smith would bring in a lot of experience in the camp,
“While I know the fans will and should be excited by this development, our players will benefit from his skills, support and perspectives on the game,” Shipperd said.
“Steve was instrumental in our recruitment of Josh Philippe and Josh, along with other youngsters in our squad like Jack Edwards, Lloyd Pope, Tom Curran and Justin Avendano, will be the better for sharing a dressing room with an Australian great.”