Smith keen for team to share in runs

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT -

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.

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