Former Australian skipper Steve Smith came out with an all-round performance as Barbados Tridents registered a narrow two-run win against Jamaica Tallawahs in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2018.
Smith followed up his 63 off 44 balls with 2/19 in three overs at Lauderhill on Wednesday. Coming in during the Powerplay with his team 37/2 in the sixth, which quickly became 39/3, Smith stuck around till the last over. It took his team to 156/6.
He combined with Shai Hope (43 off 35) to add 103 for the fifth wicket. His knock included five fours and three sixes before he became Andre Russell’s second wicket of the day.
He was adjudged the Player of the Match. Smith, who started his career as a leg-spinner before becoming one of the best batsmen in world cricket, said that he was trying to make a few changes to his bowling action.
“I’ve sort of changed a few things up [in my bowling],” he said. “I’m trying to model my action on Shahid Afridi, pushing it through and try to bowl fast into the wicket. Fortunately, it worked tonight,” he added.
“He [Afridi] has been a terrific leg-spinner. I can’t get the momentum into the ball [with my usual action] as I’m growing older. Hopefully, I don’t have to bowl too much!” he further said.
Former Australian captain Smith and vice-captain Warner are currently serving the 12-month suspensions handed by Cricket Australia for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal during the Cape Town Test in South Africa. Along with the duo, opener Cameron Bancroft was also banned for six months for his involvement in the controversy