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Steven Smith now ‘comfy’ opening for Australia in Exams


Steven Smith had the right response to critics who declared he should not be opening for Australia in Exams.

Smith, who has scored 27 of his 32 Take a look at centuries at No.3 or No.4, insists he did not overthink his strategy to opening.

After scores of 12, 11 not out and 6, the star batter belted an unbeaten 91 in Australia’s second innings on Sunday and feels “comfy” as an opener.

“There was loads of commentary round I might failed in two or three innings – I had a not out and two low scores,” Smith mentioned on the MCG on Wednesday. “Now I am averaging 60 as an opener.

“It was simply one other place; I’ve battled in opposition to the brand new ball quite a few instances, coming in early. I’ve loved the primary couple of weeks of it…in the event that they see match to maneuver me again down, I am going to do regardless of the workforce wants.”

Smith, who grew to become the primary Australian to hold his bat since Warner in 2011, was the one participant to deal with West Indies’ latest tempo sensation Shamar Joseph. The 24-year-old tore by Australia with 7 for 68 to spearhead the vacationers to a rare first Take a look at victory down underneath since 1997.

“I overheard a dialog, I believe we have been seven down simply earlier than lunch and I overheard him talking to [West Indies captain] Kraigg [Brathwaite]… he is [Joseph] like, ‘I am bowling to the top, man’,” Smith mentioned.

“He is a uncommon expertise and I believe it is nice for cricket what he was in a position to do and see the West Indies competing like they did. He simply stored coming in, and really most likely bowled sooner on the finish moderately than the beginning.”

Smith additionally defended his determination to offer No.11 Josh Hazlewood two balls to face Joseph in what ended up being the final over of the match.

Hazlewood was Joseph’s ultimate sufferer, sparking wild and joyful West Indies celebrations as they accomplished arguably the largest upset in Take a look at historical past.

“I’ve considered it, whether or not we might do various things,” Smith admitted. “Perhaps I might have taken 5 balls in opposition to Shamar; he was on fireplace clearly. However then I run the chance of not getting a run off the final ball and ‘Hoff’ [Hazlewood] having to take all six from Alzarri.”

Smith will lead Australia within the three-match ODI sequence which begins on the MCG on Friday.

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