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Smith earns his keep

Randy Bennett

Smith earns his keep

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Dwayne Smith’s scintillating, match-winning knock of 63 didn’t just pilot West Indies to a series-levelling victory.
It assured him a roof over his head, and a bed to sleep in.
“The last thing that I remember this morning is calling my daughter and her telling me, ‘Daddy, if you don’t make runs, don’t  come home’,” he told the media shortly after collecting the Man-Of-The-Match award.
“That was in my head from ball one, so I just went out there and said this is for my daughter, and she just came up to me and said, ‘Daddy, you can come home now,’” he revealed with a huge grin etched across his face.
So, in a sense, the 10 000 spectators who packed Kensington Oval to witness Smith’s demolition of the Australian bowling attack, and the West Indies’ memorable 14-run victory, owe it all to his six-year-old daughter Niyesha Smith.
Read the full story in today’s SATURDAY SUN.