Now that it’s final that Steve Smith will bat at 2nd down in the upcoming Test series against New Zealand, former Australian captain Ian Chappell has called this step a ridiculous one. Smith used to bat first down earlier but now when Clarke, Watson and few others have retired from the Test circuit, he will come down at 2nd down. Chappell did add that he expected this from the Australian management after the retirement of Clarke.
The upcoming Test series against New Zealand will be Smith’s first Test as full time captain at home. Also, after the Ashes, several members of the squad had retired and there are spots up for grabs. Cameron Bancroft , the Western Australian batsman is likely to get a debut in the first Test match against New Zealand and will open with Warner. Talking of him, Chappell said that personally he feels Bancroft is not a right candidate.
Also, players like Joe Burns, Usman Khwaja and Shaun Marsh will fight it out for No.3 spot in the batting line-up. Earlier Smith had indicated of batting 2nd down stating that after the retirement of Micheal Clarke, the middle order is slightly inexperienced and he would drop down a position to provide stability to the middle order.
Chappell added that with the kind of attack New Zealand has, and the inexperienced batting line-up of Australia, this is the best chance for Kiwis to register a series victory against Australia in Australia.