Ashes Test: Mitchell Starc’s participation in the first Ashes Test was supported by Steve Smith. For the match in Brisbane, the hosts chose their starting lineup. This includes the seamstress on the left arm. Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, and captain Pat Cummins were the team’s traditional pace trio. There was a lot of pressure to replace Starc. Also, given Jhye Richardson’s previous excellent performances at The Gabba in the Sheffield Shield. However, Smith renewed Starc’s faith in him, calling him one of the best. He got the ball to swing late when he got it.
“He was bowling with some proper pace and swinging the ball late. And we know when he does that he’s, if not the best in the world, he’s up there with it,” Steve Smith said.
Ashes Test: Furthermore, Smith will be back in a leadership role in national colors for the first time. Since the infamous Sandpaper gate. With Cummins being appointed as the new captain following Tim Paine’s resignation. Smith was slotted into the vacant vice-captain role. Following a promising first series against India, Cameron Green has proved his worth as an all-rounder in Australia’s Test team. During his stint with the first squad, he has improved his batting. Green set a career-high in first-class points with 251 earlier this year.
“As a young guy coming into the team it’s actually a really good time, got a lot of experience around you to help you out, so I’m looking forward to it,” Smith said.
Lastly, another big obstacle in the selection process was the matchup between Usman Khawaja and Travis Head. In the fight of the left-handers, the other won the edge. It is expected that it will bat at No. 5 for the team.
Ashes Test: “The selectors make the call, both really good options, in really strong form. The experience from Uzzie is great and we are really lucky to have that but Trav has been playing a lot of us in the last couple of years and has churned out runs,” Steve Smith said.