Australia star opener Usman Khawaja asserts, ‘Anyone who can bat in the top four can open’

The star opener of the Australian cricket team, Usman Khawaja, has shared his thoughts on the potential shift of Steve Smith to fill David Warner’s role in the Test team. Khawaja, an essential member of Australia’s batting lineup, emphasized the importance of preserving Smith’s established position in the Test side.

Khawaja highlighted that even though several top-order batsmen are capable of opening, it would be unwise to move Smith from his customary No. 4 spot, where he has excelled and displayed exceptional skills.

Khawaja said, “I consider it a specialist position, but anyone who can bat in the top four can open. I just wouldn’t want to sacrifice someone who, in my opinion, is the second-greatest ever Test batsman in the position he’s been batting in for so long. The beauty of Steve Smith is that he’s an excellent No. 4 batsman. He can handle pace well and is really proficient against spin.”


Jan 9, 2024 11:00 AM