Bridgetown: Dwayne Smith hopes his success in his return to the West Indies Twenty20 side can help him force his way back into the ODI and Test outfits as well. Smith was Man of the Match in West Indies' 14-run win in the second T20 against Australia in Barbados, where his 63 from 34 balls gave West Indies enough runs to defend in order to draw the series 1-1.
It was Smith's fourth match for West Indies in two years, and he has not been part of the ODI side since March 2010 or the Test team since March 2006. Smith said he hoped he could build on his work as a T20 opener in the other formats.
"I love opening the batting," Smith said after the win. "I made the decision to move up the order and I know I had to make it happen. It is great to bat at the top in T20 so you get use of 120 balls and you also face the ball when it is harder. I am focusing on T20 at the moment and also trying to get back into the 50-over team. From there I would target a return to the longer version of the game."
Smith made 10 in the first match of the series and he said when he was in the middle in the second game his thoughts turned to his daughter's cheeky remark before the game.
"Before I came to the ground I called my daughter and she said, 'Daddy if you don't make runs don't come home'," Smith said. "When I was batting I was thinking about her and that conversation. She inspires me ... guess I can go home now."
Although West Indies lost momentum when Smith departed, their 160 proved enough for their bowlers to defend despite the Kensington Oval being good for batting. Australia's captain George Bailey said the inability of his batsmen to capitalise on their starts had hurt, especially given the way their bowlers had fought back to keep West Indies from a total closer to 200.
"For a game that's so reliant on momentum I thought we did a really good job to pull it back to 160," Bailey said. "I thought we probably wrestled the momentum a couple of times with the bat. Davey [Warner] and I certainly had it but then the opportunity to take that to a match-winning partnership like Huss and Watto did the other day, we didn't take that.
"Then Dave Huss and Wadey I thought were going along really nicely. Then a loss of composure there and not being able to get Dave Huss on strike, that was a momentum shift [and] you just don't get a chance to give up the game three times, like we did."