News – AU – Steve Smith showed why he’s the one-day player of the year with a century for NSW


He should have been in South Africa for a test series, instead Steve Smith was tall in the North Sydney Oval

Steve Smith was back on Monday doing Steve Smith with a 100 for NSW (Photo by Jason McCawley / Getty Images) Source: Getty Images

Instead, Steve Smith stole the show the only way he knows about a century against Victoria in the Test Star’s first bat since the series ended against India last month

Smith, who was named Australian ODI Player of the Year and Allan Border Medalist last week, was in the middle in the first game at the North Sydney Oval when the one-day competition began

In his first game for NSW since last summer, Smith nailed his century with just 114 balls

Smith was finally out for 123 after quickly testing James Pattinson for two sixs and a four in 49 had smashed over and ended with nine fours and six sixes

Cummins also made a special cameo with the bat, hitting three sixes himself in a 30-ball inning of 49 to bring NSW to 9-318 after 50 overs

Smith’s innings were played in the ODI series for Australia against India on the basis of two 100s last November This was a rush that helped him win ODI Player of the Year

The postponement of the test series in South Africa has boosted national competition with all national players now available to represent their states

Smith played on an NSW team led by Pat Cummins, and test spinner Nathan Lyon was also on the line-up

But fast bowlers Mitch Starc and Josh Hazlewood were rested ahead of a Sheffield Shield clash against the Vics on Wednesday

Test opener David Warner’s return remains under a cloud as he continues to recover from the groin injury that limited him to two Tests against India

First-time player Ollie Davies also continued the form that earned the aspiring start a big bash reputation for smashing sixes, clearing the ropes three times in lightning-fast innings of 57 balls out of 41

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News – AU – Steve Smith showed why he’s the One Day Player of the Year with a Century for NSW