Smith to Open for Australia after Warner’s Retirement

Australia’s chairman of selectors, George Bailey, has officially announced Steve Smith as the new Test opener. Despite the selection panel initially picking Matt Renshaw to replace David Warner in the Test squad against West Indies, Smith has been given the opportunity to bat at the top.

Consequently, Renshaw will serve as a reserve batter, with Bailey also confirming the inclusion of Cameron Green in the playing XI.

The all-rounder, known for his impressive first-class cricket record at No.4, is poised to maintain the same batting position at the Test level.

“Steve’s obviously motivated and energized and keen to do it. There were plenty within the team who were pretty keen to go on record and say that they weren’t keen to do it. So it was refreshing that Steve had come forward and said he wanted it and it was something that we’d been chatting about in the background as a selection panel with the coaches as well. It’s selfless that someone who’s had such success in one position or a couple of positions in the middle order that he’s open and willing and hungry to go and have a crack at something new and something different, which provides that opportunity to slot Cam into a position where he’s had so much success at first-class level and we think ultimately, is a great spot for him to be in the Test team.” Bailey has stated while talking to the press.

In addition to Renshaw, Australia is set to see the return of Scott Boland in their 13-man squad for the initial Test against West Indies in Adelaide. Boland had been released just before the Sydney Test against Pakistan to participate in the BBL.
Australia will play a two match test series against West Indies which will start from 17th January.

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