As Australia begin their campaign in the ICC World T20 in Dharamsala, their team composition remains a mystery. In the recent series against South Africa, there were many changes as the opening combination was tinkered time and again. The prospect of David Warner batting in the middle order means that a fresh new opening combo is on the cards.
Skipper Steve Smith addressed the media before the game and divulged details about not being certain with the team combination. “Nothing at all is locked in,” Smith said. “Could be two righties opening, could be left-right, could be two lefties. I could be batting three or I could be batting six. It’s about being flexible and adapting to what we’re facing, having the guys out there that are going to do well against certain bowlers and certain positions.”
Smith also emphasized about what he perceived the playing conditions to be. “I noticed that the ball did swing around for a little bit, which was nice to see,” said Smith. “And the wickets did spin and were quite slow. “I think it’s going to be about making sure in the middle overs our batters are going to have to be really smart. It might not be a case of hitting the ball out of the park, it might be about hitting the ball into the gaps and getting seven or eight an over through those middle overs.”
Urging on the need to play smartly, Smith said, “I guess that’s just about summing up the conditions, summing up how it’s all playing and being smart.” “I think that’s something this group, particularly in the middle overs, has to work on. To make sure we’ve got the wickets in hand at the back end, because we’ve got some serious power in the sheds. If we do have the wickets in hand, we’re confident we can score a lot off the last five or six overs.”