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Despite averaging only 21.1 in 33 ODI’s, Steven Smith hopes to do well against England and play the next year’s World Cup © Getty Images

 Jan 22, 2014

All-rounder Steven Smith, who was Australia’s key performer in their winning Ashes 2013-14 campaign, is now eyeing a spot in the One-Day International (ODI) side.

Smith, who has not played an ODI for Australia since January 13 2013, feels that his hopes of representing his country in the ICC World Cup 2015 are very slim and wants to do well against England in the ongoing series to strengthen his claim, reported the Daily Telegraph.

Smith, who earned a call up to the ODI side after David Warner was rested for the remaining two matches against England, played a central role in the 5-0 Ashes whitewash of England.

Smith enjoys a healthy batting average of 40.9 while playing in the middle order in the Test matches.

England, who lost out pacer Boyd Rankin due to injury for the Perth ODI, will have more reason to be troubled as Smith may come at them all guns blazing.

Though Smith averages only a modest 21.1 in 33 ODI’s, he still has a golden chance as to remind selectors as to why he should be included for the 2015 World Cup squad.

“The World Cup is obviously still a fair way away, but every opportunity you get, you’ve got to try and impress.I haven’t played for a while now so hopefully I can come out and make an impact and hopefully win a couple of games for Australia,” said Smith.

“I’ve definitely improved my skills over the past 18 months. Shot selection’s a big one, as well as patience and just tightening up my technique. All those three things have contributed to a relatively successful summer. I’ve just got to continue improving in all those facets,” added Smith.

“I think it would be nice. Every time you play you’re trying to win every game, so to win 5-0 (in this series) would be amazing,” concluded Smith on extending England’s losing streak to 10 and inflicting more misery on the beleaguered visitors.

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