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Steve Smith likely to bat at No.3 or even open for Sixers

Smith returns for the Big Bash blockbuster in Queensland where AB de Villiers, Chris Lynn and red-hot Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne all step out for the Brisbane Heat.

Smith, who led the men in magenta to the title in 2011, will be joined by Aussie quick Josh Hazlewood for Saturday’s SCG final-round clash against the Melbourne Renegades.

Henriques told the Herald Smith had already jotted down some ideas on the batting line-up when he was still in India the past week for the Australian one-day series.

Steve Smith in 2011 for his beloved Sixers.

Steve Smith in 2011 for his beloved Sixers.Credit:Chris Lane

The pair came through the NSW ranks together and batted in the middle order for the Sixers in the first few BBL campaigns, as well as the successful Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa.

“With ‘Smitty’ back it will change where ‘Vincey’ [James Vince] and I bat,” Henriques said.

“He’s already been texting me with some batting orders, and the fact he’s already on to it is nice – it’s nice to get an idea of where he would like to bat.

“He’s been following our team from the word go, he’s always offered advice in the background and what might work and what might not. You definitely take on any advice he’s willing to throw out.

“He could bat between three to five, or even one to five, which is pretty reasonable for a former Australian captain.

“Ever since he came into the NSW squad we gravitated towards each other. He must have been 17 and I was 19. It’s been 13 or 14 years now; we live around the corner from each other, so we spend a lot of time together.”

Meanwhile, Henriques said he was loving fatherhood with his newborn son, and revealed there was no deep history to naming his boy Archie.

“We basically found an app where you swipe right on the names you like and left on the names you don’t,” Henriques said.

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“If you have a match between you a little heart comes up, then you go through the names in the end.

“Like a lot of fathers in the early days, you feel extremely overwhelmed and had no idea what I was doing, but every day is a learning process.”

Henriques said despite the broken sleep it had not been hard preparing for a three-hour Twenty20 game, which were normally played at night.

“It would have been much tougher if I was turning up for the start of a Shield game on five days of no sleep, but it’s definitely manageable at the moment,” Henriques said.

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