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World’s best batsman to call Cardiff home in new, alternative Cricket format

A new, shorter format of cricket set to kick-start next year, the team representing South Wales managed to grab the signature of Australian superstar, Steve Smith.

Smith, 30, set the cricketing world on fire this summer, putting-up video game numbers in the World Cup and Ashes series.

He managed four half-centuries in nine matches during the World Cup, averaging 37.90. Following this up with three-centuries during the Ashes, averaging a ridiculous 110.57 (Source: ESPN CricInfo)

Now, Smith has Sofia Gardens to call home in 2020.

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The format is limited to just 100-balls per innings, 20 less than a standard T20 fixture. Games will also feature a variety of gimmicks, including power plays and free hits.

Archie Smith, a 20-year-old Swansea based cricket player and fan, is excited about the arrival of Smith to Cardiff – but is a remains cautious of the new shortened format.

“He’s the best in the world, by far. He proved that over the summer and to have him playing in Cardiff is class.

“Anyone who enjoys sport, not just cricket, should turn out and see the guy play in the flesh for sure. He is a genius.”

Archie, echoing fears of many fans, does have questions about the format of the new game, which is still fairly unclear.

“It’s confusing. I get that it’s just one hundred balls, but how does that fit with overs?

“It’s going to have to be fast. The ball will be pinging around all over. It should be exciting for new fans and younger kids.

“Cricket is not massive in South Wales. But having a superstar like Steve Smith should help its profile for sure. The new format will have to be exciting, so you could see people who may not traditionally go to cricket games turn out next year.”

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