Smith keen for team to share in runs
STEVE Smith was Australia’s saviour in the Ashes, but the world’s best batsman has admitted “it would be nice” if he didn’t have to rescue his country again this summer.
Smith will make his first Test appearance at the Gabba in two years when Australia takes on Pakistan from tomorrow.
The prolific run-scorer is in career-best form, having nearly single-handedly retained the Ashes for Australia in England.
Smith scored an incredible 774 runs at 110.57 in seven innings against England as Australia claimed a 2-2 draw to retain the urn.
Australia’s openers David Warner, Cameron Bancroft and Marcus Harris failed to reach 20 in any first-wicket partnership throughout 10 innings.
“The guys have trained really well. Everyone will be ready to go. Hopefully we can see big runs from the top six.”
Australia’s top order wobbles has seen Harris axed and Queensland’s Joe Burns recalled to open alongside Warner.
And Australia’s batsmen are determined to kick-off the summer in fine form by dismantling Pakistan’s expected teenage debutant Naseem Shah.
Shah, 16, could receive a brutal introduction to Test cricket if he is unleashed at the Gabba by the visitors.