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Steve Smith appointed skipper of Welsh Fire for The Hundred competition
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Steve Smith appointed skipper of Welsh Fire for The Hundred competition

Steve Smith will captain Welsh Fire in the upcoming inaugural edition of The Hundred this summer in England.

Smith returns in the leadership capacity two years after being stripped of the Australia captaincy for being embroiled in the ball-tampering scandal.

The star batter will be leading a side comprising of compatriot fast bowler Mitchell Starc as well as World Cup-winners Jonny Bairstow and Liam Plunkett.

Tom Banton adds firepower to the batting department for Welsh Fire while West Indies paceman Ravi Rampaul is also included in the line-up.

Smith will be pairing up with head coach Gary Kirsten, who commended the Aussie's ability to withstand pressure in high-profile matches.

"Steve's knowledge and experience of leading teams in pressurised situations will definitely help us in this first season of The Hundred," the former Proteas batsman said.

Wednesday's announcement coincides with Smith's return to the scene of the crime in Newlands for the third T20I against South Africa. He copped a one-year ban from Cricket Australia back in 2018 at this very venue.

"It's an honour to be asked to captain Welsh Fire in the first year of The Hundred," he said.

"Our squad looks super strong with a great group of players who've dominated the international and domestic scenes for the past few years."

The Hundred is another innovative tournament aimed at expanding the viewership of the sport in the United Kingdom.

It will consist of eight city-based franchises with teams allowed to bat for 100 balls each with overs lasting for 10 balls and bowlers opting for either five or 10 consecutive deliveries.

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