Despite mixed form, Steve Smith is set to open the India vs Australia Test series

Steve Smith is going to retain his spot as Test opener for the upcoming India vs. Australia five-match Test series this summer. This comes despite his inconsistent performances in recent matches against the West Indies and New Zealand.
The selectors believe that Steve Smith’s four-test stint as an opener wasn’t a large enough sample size to judge his effectiveness. They’re willing to give him a shot against India, a much tougher opponent. This decision means the battle for the opening spot in the future will be between other players.
With Steve Smith and current partner Usman Khawaja nearing the twilight of their careers, a spot will eventually open for a new opener. Players like Matt Renshaw, Cameron Bancroft, Marcus Harris, and Nathan McSweeney are all vying for this position. Their performances in domestic cricket and Australian A matches will be crucial in determining who gets the call-up.


Mar 28, 2024 9:51 AM