George Bailey, Australia’s chairman of selectors has said that the ace batter, Steve Smith, will open the batting in the upcoming T20I series against South Africa. The three-match T20I series between South Africa and Australia will begin on August 30, in Durban, South Africa. Following that, the hosts will play a five-game ODI series against the Aussies as well.
Australia wanted to give Smith the opportunity to open in the limited-overs format, according to Bailey. The 40-year-old also stated that they wanted Smith to replicate his heroics from the previous BBL season in international games as well.
“He’s the one guy out of that multi-format players heading across (for the T20s). We wanted to give him that opportunity. It was pretty exhilarating, his innings in the Big Bash, and I thought it highlighted the skill set he has and what he can do. The way he played in the Big Bash, we wanted to see that replicated internationally,” Bailey was quoted as saying by Fox Cricket.
“He was really keen to come across and be a part of that. That may mean he has a rest through a couple of the one-dayers (against South Africa). Certainly excited to see him bring that Big Bash opening outlook into that role internationally,” the former Australia skipper added.