Steve Smith drafted to Welsh Fire for inaugural The Hundred tournament

Triple figures: Sutherland batsman Steve Smith scored a century for NSW on Saturday and has been chosen to play in The Hundred. Pictures: John Veage
Triple figures: Sutherland batsman Steve Smith scored a century for NSW on Saturday and has been chosen to play in The Hundred. Pictures: John Veage

Steve Smith has been chosen as one of seven Australian players to take part in the inaugural Hundred tournament.

The Sutherland batsman will feature alongside NSW teammate Mitchell Starc for the Welsh Fire in the first season of the new 100-ball cricket tournament to be played in England and Wales next year.

David Warner, Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, D'Arcy Short and Nathan Coulter-Nile were also selected in the draft.

Maxwell will link up with coach Shane Warne at the London Spirit, while Finch went to the Leeds-based Northern Superchargers, coached by former Australia coach Darren Lehmann.

"I'd like to play. I think it's a pretty cool concept. It'd be cool to play in the first one," Smith said.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

The 30-year-old was on Sheffield Shield duty with NSW over the weekend, scoring a century to help the Blues to an eight-wicket victory over Tasmania at Drummoyne Oval.

Smith made 106 in the first innings, joining St George batsman Moises Henriques (124) in a 197-run partnership for the third wicket.

Another Saints batsman, Kurtis Patterson, made 16 not out batting at No.11 after aggravating a quadriceps injury.

"It was nice. Any time you make a hundred for your state it's an honour and a great achievement," Smith said.

"I'm really happy and I was pleased to put on a partnership with Moises and set the rest of the game up."

While Sutherland remain hopeful of seeing Smith turn out for them at Glenn McGrath Oval in the NSW Premier Cricket competition again this season, it shapes as a busy summer for the former Australia captain with a T20 series against Sri Lanka starting on Sunday before another T20 series against Pakistan.

Australia then play two Tests against Pakistan before three against New Zealand. They then head to India for three one-day internationals and South Africa for three T20s and three ODIs before returning home for a three-game one-day series against New Zealand in March.

Smith took a break to freshen up after a World Cup and Ashes campaign in England that he described as emotionally, physically and mentally exhausting.

"I was pretty knackered by the end of it. I'd worked pretty hard. I spent a lot of time out in the middle. I didn't have a great deal of time off the field, if that makes sense," he said.

"It was a long campaign with the World Cup as well. [I was] pretty knackered, it was good to have a couple of weeks [off] and then get back to playing for NSW."

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