‘Opposition wants him opening the batting’: Tim Paine on Steve Smith’s role as opener amid recent struggles | Cricket News


New Delhi: Former captain of Australia tim penn Steve Smith's recent Test performances have highlighted the ongoing debate over his position in the batting order.
Smith's challenges as an opening batsman were evident during the two-Test series new zealandWhere he could score only 51 runs in four innings.
Speaking to ESPN's Around the Wicket, Paine acknowledged Smith's recent struggles and expressed his support for his ability as an opening batsman.
“I would love to see him succeed as an opening batsman, I think he can do that, there's no doubt about that, he's good enough to bat anywhere, but as an opposition player I I want him at the top because that's what gets the best out of me.” A chance to get him out,” Paine commented, highlighting Smith's versatility as a batsman.
Paine's comments highlighted Smith's all-round batting abilities, suggesting he was “good enough to bat anywhere.” However, Paine also admitted his preference for Smith at the top of the order and emphasized the strategic advantage it provided to opposing teams.
“If I'm the opposition, I want him to open the batting. I want my best bowlers to be fresh with the new ball. I was in that ash In 2019 and went to England with him for another one and when he was at his best batting at number four you thought he might not get out,” Paine explained, referring to the challenge of facing Smith with the new ball. Smith further recalled the difficulty he faced when batting at number four during the 2019 Ashes series.
Despite Smith's remarkable record at number four, 19 centuries and 26 fifties in 67 Tests, Paine agreed that deploying him as an opening batsman could give the team a tactical edge. AustraliaOpponents of.
Looking ahead, Australia's focus turns to ICC T20 World CupScheduled to begin in West Indies and USA on June 1. Australia, drawn in Group B along with England, Oman, Namibia and Scotland, will begin their campaign against Oman on June 5.
(With inputs from ANI)

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