Smith seeks to prove himself

SOUTHAMPTON, England – Dwayne Smith said he would use every opportunity to prove himself and secure a steady place in the West Indies team.

The Windies all-rounder said he relished the chance of opening the batting for the Caribbean side in the first One-day International against England on Saturday here.

Smith struck half-dozen fours and a pair of sixes in 56 from 44 balls, but it failed to ignite the West Indies batting and they unsuccessfully chased 287 from a rain-reduced 48 overs before a capacity crowd at the Ageas Bowl.

The 29-year-old Smith was promoted to open with Lendl Simmons after talismanic opener Chris Gayle was sidelined with an injury to his left shin.

“I just went out there and backed myself,” he said. “I know the areas in which I can score, and I just waited on them to make the mistakes.

"I've got older and really understand my own game now. I go out there and I'm just free.”

Smith looked in command, taking the Windies to 95 for one in the 16th over during a 70-run, second-wicket stand with Denesh Ramdin before the visitors collapsed, losing nine wickets for 77 in the space of 18 overs.

“We had to spend time at the crease, and that didn’t happen,” said Smith.

“It didn’t happen for us, so we’ve just got to rebuild for the next game.

“The boys will be up for it for the next game, and we just need to move on from here. We can’t worry about this now.”

Sat, 06/16/2012 - 12:39