Sunday, May 31, 2009

Smith eyes T20 trophy after ODI glory

After their numero uno status in one-dayers, South Africa are now keen to lay their hands on the Twenty20 World Cup as well, according to captain Graeme Smith.Smith pointed to South Africa's away Test series win in Australia and England, apart from the ODI glory, and said he would love to cap it by winning the ICC World Twenty20 title on June 21.

"We have had a wonderful past 12 months which has included winning away Test series in both England and Australia and winning home and away ODI series against Australia to gain top spot in the Reliance Mobile ICC world rankings," he said."One of the boxes we still want to tick is to win a major ICC championship and we have two chances to do that in the ICC World T20 next month and again in the ICC Champions Trophy which will be held in South Africa at the end of September," Smith was quoted as saying by Press Association (PA)."I have been very happy with the form our players have shown in the Indian Premier League in the run-up to the ICC World T20 and this augurs well for a good performance," Smith said.South Africa coach Mickey Arthur too was optimistic of his team's chances in the tournament and said, "We should be able to put a team in the field that has 10 batsmen and seven bowlers at any time."

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