Steven Smith eager to make this opportunity count

Smith has a Test batting average of just 28.77 from five appearances, while a bowling average of 73.33 isn't that great either, but the cricketer believed he has improved overall in the last 12-18 months.

updated: March 14, 2013 16:14 IST
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Mohali: The last time Steven Smith was in Mohali some two-and-a-half year ago, his overthrow cost Australia the match by a wicket, and the all-rounder is now eager to make up for that act of indiscretion by "contributing" to the team that is going through one of its worst crises in recent years.

Trailing 0-2 against a buoyant India, Smith is to play in the series' third and penultimate Test, day one of which has been washed out due to a heavy downpour.

"It's a little bit different from the last time I was here, when I was involved in a few overthrows. This is another opportunity to come back to the squad and I want to contribute," Smith, who started out as a leg-spinner, told reporters in Moohali on Thursday.

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