Steve Smith has been the best Test batter for Australia in recent few years. The former Aussie captain has been the highest run scorer among the active cricketers for the Kangaroos. Smith was in the side that recently clean-swept Pakistan 3-0 in what was also David Warner's last Test series. The batter's form in the longest format of the game has been a bit down as he could only score a single half-century in the recently concluded series.
The Men in Yellow will be playing against West Indies and Smith is going to open in the traditional format of the game for the first time as after Warner's retirement they do not have any designated opener. Ahead of the first game, the former skipper was caught having a fun time in the ongoing Australia Open, he was seen playing tennis with with Novak Djokovic, who is in Australia for his first Grand Slam of the year and the No.1 player as well.
On Thursday, the 34-year-old impressed the Serbian player with his tennis skills, at Melbourne Park for a friendly match. Djokovic was also spotted playing cricket on the court during this incident. The crowd was awestruck by these friendly gestures towards each other and got huge applause from the enthusiastic crowd.
Here's the video
Novak Djokovic bows down to Steven Smith.— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) January 11, 2024
- Two of the greatest playing Tennis...!!!pic.twitter.com/kvsPhvJN4y
Australia grants Smith to open
Speaking to ABC Grandstand, "I'm actually happy to go up the top," Smith said. "I'm pretty keen if that's what they want to do. I'm sure the selectors and Ron [Andrew McDonald] and Patty [Cummins] will have a chat after this game but yeah, I'm certainly interested for sure."
He averages 61.46 and has 19 Test hundreds at No. 4. He actually has a higher Test average of 67.07 at No. 3 in Test cricket, with eight hundred, but he hasn't had the opportunity to bat there since the two tours of India and Bangladesh in 2017 when he scored three centuries in nine innings as captain in extreme spinning conditions.