Steve Smith signs for Sydney Sixers for BBL|09

Steve Smith signs for Sydney Sixers
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Sydney Sixers are delighted to welcome back the world’s leading batsman Steve Smith to the Club for BBL|09.

Smith was a member of the inaugural Sydney Sixers squad, spending three editions of the BBL in Magenta including the victorious BBL|01 campaign.

Smith’s availability will be determined on Australian selection in the ODI squad to tour India, with his comeback in Magenta slated to be after the team return from the subcontinent for the last two to three games of the regular season, and the finals series.

Smith said this summer’s schedule had opened a door that had been closed for several seasons.

“I am excited about getting an opportunity to play for the Sydney Sixers again,” Smith said.

“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.”

Sixers General Manager Jodie Hawkins said Smith brought more to the Sixers than runs and wickets.

“We couldn’t be more excited to see Steve back in Magenta this season,” Hawkins said.

“He was a part of our original squad that won the first BBL back in January 2012 and to see him return to our set up again is going to be brilliant.

“He’s an asset not just on the field but also for our young players.

“Sixers fans will also be delighted to see him back in team colours later this season after the International season.”

Sixers Head Coach Greg Shipperd also lauded the signing of Smith and the impact his experience would bring to the squad.

“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.”

Smith replaces wicketkeeper/batsman Peter Nevill in the squad and Shipperd praised the former Test gloveman for his service to the Sixers.

“In making this calculated move we will be saying goodbye to another foundation member in Peter Nevill who has given great service to the Club over many seasons,” Shipperd said.

“Peter enjoys the sincere respect of all within the Sixers family for the effort, energy, performance and professionalism he has displayed.

“We thank him for that wholeheartedly and wish him well.”

Across 20 matches for the Sixers, Smith has scored 499 runs including four 50’s, with a top score of 65. The runs have come at an average of 31.18 – the second highest of any Sixers player – and at a strike rate of 124.75.

Smith has also taken six wickets from 18 overs with an economy rate of just over 8 an over, to go with 15 catches.

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