Steven Smith has established himself as a permanent member of Australian Test side © Getty Images
Steven Smith has established himself as a permanent member of Australian Test side © Getty Images

Aug 5, 2014

Australian all-rounder Steven Smith on Tuesday credited his stint in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for his return to the national squad for the tour of Zimbabwe. Australia will be playing a tri-series also involving South Africa along with the hosts.

Smith was selected in the Australian side ahead of Phil Hughes, who recently smashed an unbeaten double century for Australia A side. Rod Marsh, the chairman of selectors, said that Smith’s all-round skills helped him pip the left-handed batsman.

“With the one-day format the IPL has been really good for me. It’s a big learning curve. You play so much cricket you get the opportunity to learn from your mistakes quickly – you face the same situations over and over again. If you don’t quite succeed one of the times you have another opportunity two days or three days later and you can learn from your mistakes. I think that’s been a big part of my learning curve in the shorter forms,” Smith was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia’s (CA) website.

Smith added, “I think before I came back into the Test squad I was earmarked as a one-day and T20 specialist. It’s nice now to be involved in the Test squad and the one-day squad at the moment. I’ve got ambitions to play all three forms for Australia. Hopefully my Big Bash from holds me in some good stead to be involved in the T20s as well.”