Perth: Australian Steve Smith is set to open in the two-match Test series against the West Indies.
He has been playing in the middle order till now and now he is going to be the first batsman after the retirement of David Warner. This was announced by George Bailey, the head of the selection committee of the Australian team. “Steve Smith made it clear that he was excited to step in as an opener. It was refreshing to see Steve come forward and say he wanted it,” said chairman of selectors George Bailey.
Earlier, Australian left-arm opener David Warner recently retired from his Test cricket career. Warner, who has been a good opener for Australia in all 3 formats, retired and there was speculation as to who would fill his place.
It is noteworthy that then Steve Smith volunteered, “I am ready to open as a starter and fill Warner’s place. I am really happy to play as an opener. I am keen to start as an opener. I hope the selectors will talk to me about it.”
Australia Team Profile: Pat Cummins (captain), Scott Boland, Alex Carey (wicket keeper), Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Renshaw, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc.