Steve Smith, who initially began his Test career as a Number 8 batsman, now transitions to an opening role at 34 for the upcoming Test series against the West Indies, evoking diverse opinions on X.

Australian cricketer Steve Smith is set to open the batting in the upcoming West Indies Test series after expressing his desire for the role in light of David Warner’s retirement. The confirmation came from George Bailey, the chairman of selectors while unveiling the 13-member squad for the series.

In the upcoming series, Matt Renshaw replaces David Warner, marking the sole change from the winning squad against Pakistan. This change prompts Smith’s transition to opening, allowing Cameron Green to fit into the middle order.

Smith, despite his historic success in the middle order, shifts to an unfamiliar position in the latter stage of his remarkable career. He boasts a stellar record at No.4, but his move to open marks a first in Test cricket for Australia.

Social media platform ‘X’ saw varied opinions on Smith’s new role, with some lauding his journey from the lower order to opening while others questioned the logic.

Last Updated on January 10, 2024

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