Steve Smith will return to the Big Bash League after six years, having returned to Sydney Sixers for the 2019-20 T20 tournament.
“I am very pleased to have another opportunity to play for the Sydney Sixers,” said Smith. He is expected to enjoy a short stay at the Sixers next year and at least two group games for the franchise in January, and in the finals when the team qualify.
After three and a half years, Smith returned to the Australian T20I set up last month to re-qualify before next year’s Annual ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
“When the timetable came out and I saw that there was a chance to wear the magenta again, I took the opportunity and look forward to joining the team after my commitments to the national team expired in January,” Smith said.
Smith celebrated his comeback in T20I format with two unbeaten 50s (53 * and 80 *) against Sri Lanka and Pakistan within a month. He will be available to Sixers after the ODI series with three games in India ending January 19th.
He represented Sixers in 26 games (20 in the BBL, six in the Champions League T20) and led the team in the opening season 2011/12 for their first and so far only BBL title. His last appearance for her was in 2014.
To accommodate Smith, Sixers has split from wicketkeeper Peter Nevill, who joined the Sixers of Melbourne Renegades in 2017 for several years. While welcoming Smith, head coach Greg Shipperd remembered his contribution to recruiting young talent for the franchise during his previous time.
“Although I know fans will and should be excited about this development, our players will benefit from their skills, support, and perspectives on the game,” said Shipperd. “Steve has been instrumental in our recruitment of Josh Philippe, and Josh along with other young people in our squad, such as Jack Edwards, Lloyd Pope, Tom Curran, and Justin Avendano, will be the better option for a dressing room with a large Australian share.”