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Dean Jones: “Steve just wants to get back to playing cricket”

Former Australian Test Captain Steve Smith has made a successful return to cricket in the Canadian T20 league for the Toronto Nationals.

Smith, who was playing his first competitive game since the ball tampering saga, was in the play early taking the catch to dismiss West Indian firebrand Chris Gayle. Vancouver Knights posted a very strong 227 on a pitch akin to that of a park cricket setup.

Smith then batted at three for his side and put together a classy knock of 61 which included eight fours and one six.

Former Australian cricket great and commentator Dean Jones said that “Smith just wants to get back to playing the game he loves.”

“It is starting to irritate him a little bit, because they (reporters) are in the foyer of his hotel when he walks out, they are looking for him and Warner.

“He hit 1000 balls in the nets the other day and just wants to get back to what he loves to do. I could tell he was a bit nervous leading into the first game, but those nerves are gone now.”  Jones told Macquarie Sports radio’s Tony Leonard and Jimmy Bartel.

Smith’s side were able to chase down the target thanks to a quickfire 92 from Kiwi Anton Devchich.

 

 

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