Steve Smith breaks silence over his selection debate in T20 World Cup squad

Australia showcased its dominance in the recently concluded three-match T20I series against New Zealand. They won the series 3-0 and are all set for the upcoming two-match Test series starting on February 29, 2024. However, in the middle of this victory, questions loom over Steve Smith’s position in the T20 World Cup 2024 squad following his poor performances in the New Zealand series.

Smith’s struggles with the bat were evident as he managed to score just 15 runs across two matches, raising doubts over his inclusion in the T20I squad. Adding to the uncertainty, his teammate Matthew Wade recently acknowledged the challenge for Smith to secure a spot in the World Cup squad.

In response to these speculations, Smith expressed his opinion regarding his World Cup prospects, “Look, it wasn’t ideal, but it is what it is, and whatever will be, will be from here. I’m not sure what (selectors) want to do. I’m not too fussed either way. If I’m there, I’m there. If I’m not, I’m not,” said Smith while speaking to AAP.

It was quite difficult to pick up: Steve Smith

Reflecting on his performance, Smith spoke about his low scores and facing challenging deliveries from the New Zealand bowlers, acknowledging the quality of deliveries he received.

“I got a couple of decent balls to be fair. (Adam) Milne got one to take off in the second game, which was tough. Lockie, when that sun was setting, it was quite difficult to pick up and he gave me a nice in-swinger,” he added.

The 34-year-old cricketer has been promoted to the opening slot in Test cricket after David Warner retired. Smith described the shift as “fun” and emphasized his familiarity with batting higher up the order.

“It’s fun, but honestly I don’t see it as anything different. I batted at three for an extended part of my career and I batted at four, where I’ve been in inside of two overs. It’s really nothing that new to me,” he explained.

The New Zealand series was the last T20I assignment for Australia before the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 starting in June. The Australian selection committee will have a tough job in picking their squad for the mega event as recently some players have had a great run.