But now, his involvement in the Masters Champions League, a T20 tournament to be played in the United Arab Emirates and boasting some of the sport’s marquee names has seemed to stoke his competitive fires once more.
“Who knows the MCL could be a platform back into the international game,” Smith, who will play for the Virgo Super Kings in the competition, was quoted as saying in an interview with The National newspaper following the player auction this week.
“I am asked this question a lot. It does spend time in your head, especially when you see the boys struggling in India you think you can contribute, but we’ll see,” he said, referring to the Proteas recent troubles in the Test portion of their lengthy tour to India.
The Proteas return after a lengthy sojourn on the sub-continent late on Tuesday afternoon.