Smith Positive Despite Opening Batting Challenge

Steven Smith, known as one of Australia’s greatest batsmen, has embarked on a new challenge as an opener in Test cricket with a positive outlook. He expressed his determination not to dwell on negative thoughts regarding the move, which comes as he faces the West Indies in the first Test.

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Smith’s transition to the top of the order was initially suggested during last year’s Ashes series and gained traction during discussions with coaches at the SCG Test against Pakistan. Despite initial skepticism, selectors have come around to the idea, influenced by the success of other players who have made similar moves.

“I’ve kind of been pushing it for a few weeks, even before Perth I think, and I might have been floated in England just randomly and said ‘I’ll get up top and I’m happy to play up top’.”

While acknowledging the risk involved, Smith remains optimistic about the potential benefits. He believes that facing the new ball will allow him to score more freely and avoid being tied down by defensive fields, which has sometimes been the case when batting lower down the order.

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“It would be pretty game if you’ve got a brand new ball bowling short stuff and wasting it.”

The move also alleviates concerns about the batting order, particularly in relation to all-rounder Cameron Green, who is seen as better suited to the number four position. Smith sees this change as fairer to Green, who might have been forced into opening if the selectors had different plans.

Overall, Smith views this move as a new challenge at this stage of his career, driven by a desire to make the most of his experience and contribute to the team in a different role. He remains confident in his ability to adapt and succeed in this new position, focusing on the opportunity rather than the potential risks.

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“I don’t like thinking that way. I don’t want to think negative thoughts at all. I’m not sure. If someone gets injured in the middle and the next batters in are genuine openers, then maybe they slot back in [at the top] and I go back down. I don’t know the answer. But for right now we’ve got what we believe is our best six batters playing.”

As Australia prepares to take on the West Indies, Smith’s mindset reflects his determination to make the most of this new chapter in his cricketing journey.

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Steven Smith, known as one of Australia's greatest batsmen, has embarked on a new challenge as an opener in Test cricket with a positive outlook. He expressed his determination not to dwell on negative thoughts regarding the move, which comes as he faces the West Indies in the first Test.

Smith's transition to the top of the order was initially suggested during last year's Ashes series and gained traction during discussions with coaches at the SCG Test against Pakistan. Despite initial skepticism, selectors have come around to the idea, influenced by the success of other players who have made similar moves.

"I've kind of been pushing it for a few weeks, even before Perth I think, and I might have been floated in England just randomly and said 'I'll get up top and I'm happy to play up top'."

While acknowledging the risk involved, Smith remains optimistic about the potential benefits. He believes that facing the new ball will allow him to score more freely and avoid being tied down by defensive fields, which has sometimes been the case when batting lower down the order.

"It would be pretty game if you've got a brand new ball bowling short stuff and wasting it."

The move also alleviates concerns about the batting order, particularly in relation to all-rounder Cameron Green, who is seen as better suited to the number four position. Smith sees this change as fairer to Green, who might have been forced into opening if the selectors had different plans.

Overall, Smith views this move as a new challenge at this stage of his career, driven by a desire to make the most of his experience and contribute to the team in a different role. He remains confident in his ability to adapt and succeed in this new position, focusing on the opportunity rather than the potential risks.

"I don't like thinking that way. I don't want to think negative thoughts at all. I'm not sure. If someone gets injured in the middle and the next batters in are genuine openers, then maybe they slot back in [at the top] and I go back down. I don't know the answer. But for right now we've got what we believe is our best six batters playing."

As Australia prepares to take on the West Indies, Smith's mindset reflects his determination to make the most of this new chapter in his cricketing journey.

Stay updated with all the cricketing action, follow Cricadium on WhatsappFacebook, Twitter, and Instagram