World number one batsman Steve Smith returns to magenta for a handful of games in BBL09

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VideoSteve Smith continues to lead the way for Australia, dominating Pakistan in the T20.

Steve Smith is returning to the Big Bash League and Sydney Sixers, having signed for the upcoming campaign.

Smith’s availability will be determined by Australian selection in the one-day international squad to tour India, with his comeback 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.

“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,” Smith said.

Smith says he wants to be available towards the end of the Sixers’ season.

“I think it’s two or three (games) at the back end of the season, and finals as well if the Sixers make it, which we’re very hopeful of,” he added in Friday morning’s press conference.

The 30-year-old says his smaller physique means he has to approach Twenty20 cricket differently to other players.

“For me, in T20 cricket in particular, I’m not as big as some of the guys that can hit sixes. I rely on timing and placement and my smarts in the game to get through situations.

“I’ve got a lot of experience, and I’m able to play in different situations.”

Steve Smith prepares to bowl during Sydney Sixers training at the Sydney Cricket Ground on December 21, 2018.
Camera IconSteve Smith prepares to bowl during Sydney Sixers training at the Sydney Cricket Ground on December 21, 2018. Credit: Getty Images

Smith missed last summer’s Big Bash due to his 12-month suspension following the ball tampering scandal in South Africa.

Across 20 matches for the Sixers, Smith has scored 499 runs including four half centuries, 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.

He’s also taken six wickets from 18 overs with an economy rate of just more than eight an over, to go with 15 catches.

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