Steve Smith faced only eight balls in Australia’s second intra-squad cricket match on Sunday, with Glenn Maxwell scoring a century and Marcus Stoinis also impressing.
A squad led by Pat Cummins successfully tag down 250 for triumph with 51 lumps to part with at the Rose Bowl in a 50-over competition against Aaron Finch is XI.
The game was part of Australia’s preparation for its upcoming white-ball series against England.
Smith had been denied the opportunity to bat in the first intra-squad fixture when the match was abandoned last Friday due to rain only 5.5 overs into the chase.
This time the sun was shining in Southampton, but Smith’s first innings since March concluded following a run-a-ball eight when Riley Meredith had him caught behind.
It was left for Stoinis and Maxwell to pick up the baton and — after the opener had hit 87 — Maxwell scored 108 off 114 balls to help Cummins’ team to win by two wickets.
Earlier, David Warner collide with a 44-ball 34 before he shine to manner of speaking from Cummins. Andrew Tye postulate discussion after he represent caught by a Stoinis chucker-out, but he reclaim and assign on 106 with Mitchell Starc for the 7th wicket gate.
The first of Australia’s three T20 internationals against England — all at Southampton — will take place on Friday. The teams will also meet in three One Day Internationals at Manchester.