Australian skipper Steven Smith who is serving the ban by the Australian Cricket made a good come-back with a half-century at the T20 tournament in Canada.
Smith who drew criticism from cricket fans and fraternity across to globe for his role in the ball tampering scandal against South Africa.
He was playing his first game after being handed the ban. Smith seemed to be in decent form and was able to contribute to Toronto Nationals’ score.
Playing at the Global T20 Canada against the Vancouver Knights, the right-handed former Aussie skipper made 61 runs off 41 balls that included a six and eight fours.
He was by Fawad Ahmed stumped trying to chase more quick runs. Nationals’ were chasing the score of 228. Smith came in at number three when the opening batsman Nizakat Khan was sent back to pavilion for just six runs.
The 29-yeard-old made a 53 run partnership with Johnson Charles who scored 30 off 12 balls and a 91 run stand with batsman Anton Devcich, who proved to be the game saver for Toronto.
Devcich’s 92* off 44 balls propelled Nationals’ to chase down Knight’s 227-4 score with six wickets and four balls remaining.
David Warner, the vice-captain of Australia who is also serving a year ban like Smith will make his comeback in Canada for Winnipeg Hawks playing against Montreal Tigers.