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Steve Smith shifts up, Green steps in for West Indies test

Steve Smith shifts up, Green steps in for West Indies test

Steve Smith shifts up, Cameron Green steps in: Australia unveils squad for Adelaide Test

Steve Smith is set to embark on a new chapter in his illustrious  test career, swapping his middle-order haven for the top of the batting order in Australia’s first Test against West Indies in Adelaide next week.

This significant move, confirmed by Head of Selectors George Bailey, sees Smith partner Usman Khawaja at the crease, paving the way for Cameron Green to slot in at number four.

While the shift might raise eyebrows, Bailey assures it’s no temporary experiment. “That’s been part of the discussions with Steve, I believe he’s keen for this to be a significant chapter of his career,” he declared, highlighting Smith’s eagerness to embrace this fresh challenge.

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The veteran batsman, Bailey believes, views opening as an “itch that he’d like to scratch,” a testament to his unwavering hunger for improvement.

“It’s selfless that someone who has had so much success in one position or a couple of positions in the middle order is open and willing and hungry to have a crack at something new and something different,” Bailey added.

Steve Smith shifts up, Green steps in for West Indies test
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Green’s inclusion in the 13-man squad marks another exciting development. Alongside Scott Boland and Matthew Renshaw (as reserve batter), Green bolsters a team handpicked by the selectors as “the best six batters in the country.”

The omission of West Australian openers Cameron Bancroft and Marcus Harris wasn’t without whispers of the 2018 ball-tampering scandal playing a part. Clarifying the matter Bailey said, “I’ve shared this with Cameron on a number of occasions. It’s never been discussed, from the panel’s perspective, it’s purely a cricketing decision.”

However, Bailey swiftly shot down such speculations, reiterating that the decision was purely based on cricketing merit, with no lingering issues affecting Bancroft’s standing within the team.

As anticipation builds for the first Test between Australia and West Indies, all eyes will be on Steve Smith and his transition to the top of the order. He has been struggling with the form so it might bring him some good luck.

Will the legendary batsman conquer this new frontier, adding another feather to his already stellar cap? Only time will tell, but one thing’s for sure: this Adelaide showdown promises to be a riveting chapter in both Smith’s and Australian cricket’s history.

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