Australia have thrown their support behind under-fire Steve Smith and believe it is only a matter of time before he flourishes in T20 cricket.
The Aussies are priced at 10/3 to win the T20 World Cup later this year but there have been suggestions Smith should not be part of the side that attempts to defend the title.
Smith tends to struggle in the shortest format of the game. Indeed the former Aussie skipper has not hit a half century since way back in 2019.
He also averages just 25.45 from 56 T20 internationals. Smith was out for five in the win over Sri Lanka on Wednesday, which has lead to more calls for him to be dropped.
Josh Inglis performed very well in the home series against Sri Lanka back in February, but has been left out this time following the return of Smith.
And despite Smith struggling to deliver again, Australia will keep the faith.
“Recent history, we’ve used (Smith) in a different way throughout our middle order, where people have batted around him,”
Australia assistant coach Michael Di Venuto said. “We know his skill level, we know his talent so we’re pretty keen to unlock him as a T20 cricketer and just let him go about his business and show us how good he is.
“If he was playing BBL cricket, he would dominate that competition. Unfortunately, a lot of our best players don’t play that competition because they play Test matches. Steven’s had good success in the IPL in years gone past.
“The skill level is exceptionally high, we’re hoping to unlock him during this period. We’ve got plenty of games leading into the World Cup so hopefully we see the best of Steve Smith.”