Smith eyes return to One-Day team

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,  CMC – Dashing West Indies batsman Dwayne Smith has pointed to his six-year-old daughter Niyesha as one of the main reasons behind his recent resurgence.

The 28-year-old right-hander has enjoyed a purple patch of form over the last year which earned him a recall to the Windies side for the Twenty20 format.

“One of my biggest helpers is my daughter. I talk to her all the time and certain things she says you study and say ‘what is she really thinking’,” Smith told reporters here Friday.

“But it really made me look at myself when I was out of the West Indies team for that period and just to come in and make myself count now and it has been working for me so far and I just need to keep working at it and keep getting better and better.”

Smith was axed from the Windies side in March, 2010 and was only recalled last September when he suited up for a two-match T20 International series against England in London.

He has sustained his good form and only last month smashed his maiden T20 century playing for Khulna Royal Bengals in the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League.

On Friday, he top-scored with a sizzling 63 in a Man-of-the-Match performance to help West Indies beat Australia by 14 runs and square the two-match series 1-1.

Again, Smith said it was his daughter who had been the inspiration behind his innings.

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