Hundred-story writer Will Smeed says he has “aspirations in all three formats” after making an amazing impression at cricket’s white-ball game.
The 20-year-old scored an unbeaten 101 with just 50 balls in Birmingham Phoenix’s win over defending champions Southern Brave in Edgbaston.
Not only was it his first century, but he was also the first player from either men’s or women’s competition to reach a century in The Hundred.
It has inevitably sparked speculation about a possible England call-up for Somerset batter Smeed, with Jos Buttler’s side having to play seven T20 games in Pakistan ahead of the World Cup in Australia next month.
Smeed, who signed for the United Arab Emirates-hosted International League T20 early next year, will be back in action for the Phoenix on Saturday in Cardiff against the Welsh Fire.
“I still have ambitions in all three formats. I still want to play everything,” Smeed said. “I don’t really think much about the game when I’m not at cricket.
“It’s just another cricket match for me and I try to do my job for the team every time I’m there. The path taken so far is a lot of white ball cricket.
“There’s no point in looking too far ahead and planning things over which you have no control. For me, it’s all about performance, no matter where I play.”
When asked about possible England recognition, Smeed added: “I’m not really thinking about that. You can’t control it, it’s not in your hands, there’s no point in thinking about it.
“My mindset is to try and do my job for the team in every game. If I do this well, who knows?
“For me, I have the feeling that there are still many people in England who are better than me. I’m just trying to do well in this competition.
“Everyone wants to play for their country but I don’t think that has an impact on how I play games if that makes sense.
“I’m not playing these tournaments to play for England. I play these tournaments to do well and improve at cricket. Hopefully one day that will lead to me playing for England.”
If Smeed continues his rapid progress there is little doubt that the lucrative Indian Premier League could soon come onto his radar.
“I’m not going there (UAE) and see it as a way into the IPL. Any cricket I play, I’m just trying to do it well,” he said.
“Any franchise competition is a great learning opportunity. You’re surrounded by world-class players and you’d be stupid if you didn’t try to learn from them.
“Most of my development has taken place in Somerset and they sometimes don’t get the recognition they deserve.
“The batting talent in this competition (Hundred) is ridiculous. The grounds are generally quite small and the wickets very shallow so I’m sure I won’t be the last to do this (scoring a century).
“The opportunities I am fortunate to have at the moment would be foolish to turn down. Being around the best white ball players in the world will also help my red ball cricket.”
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