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Steve Smith is embracing his role as Australia's Mr Fix It and insists he's happy to adjust to any position, even if it means watching on for 20 overs and not batting.
Smith hit the second-highest Twenty20 score of his international career for Australia on Tuesday night, compiling an unbeaten 80 off 51 balls in the team's win over Pakistan.
It marked only the second time he has been called to the crease in the opening five overs of an innings this summer, having also hit 51no in a similar position in Melbourne against Sri Lanka.
"I like playing that role," Smith said.
"I'm pretty experienced and my role in this team is to fix it if the top up the top don't come off.
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"They've been exceptional in these games that we've played, Sri Lanka and the first one against Pakistan before we got washed out.
"They're pretty consistent up top so if they don't come off then it's up to me to fix it."
Tuesday night's knock was a piece of wizardry.
Smith spoke afterwards of his enjoyment in marshalling the match, keeping Australia in control of the required run rate and managing the game situation.
He played all around the ground and regularly sent balls to the boundary with shots that would form no part of any coaching manual.
There's little doubt the right-hander is a must in any T20 team he plays in, given his ability to dig his side out of pressure while still maintaining a healthy run rate.
But he accepts that when there are less overs left, there are others better suited to walking out to the middle who can up the scoring even more with brute force.
It comes after the 30-year-old wasn't required against Sri Lanka in Adelaide last week, when both Aaron Finch and David Warner got off to flying starts.
"(That's) perfect. It's nice to just chill out there and sit there and watch every now and then," Smith said.
"Like in Adelaide as we saw (against Sri Lanka), with Maxi and there those guys (at the top) got off to a terrific start.
"It's an opportunity then for the guys that can hit big sixes and are a bit stronger, they can come out and do it."
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Former Aussie captain Steve Smith has laughed off his punishment for dissent in the Sheffield Shield and defended his reaction. Smith was fined a quarter of his Shield match fee for showing dissent after being given out on Tuesday on day two of New South Wales' match against Western Australia. Smith momentarily remained at the crease and shook his head after he was deemed to have nicked a Marcus Stoinis delivery to wicketkeeper Josh Inglis standing up at the stumps.The Test star had reached his second century of the Shield season an over earlier but the dismissal ended a marathon 335-minute knock at 103.
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