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Australia slams the selectors for not considering Steve Smith as the opening batsman for their white-ball team, asking “How Could You Not?”

Ian Healy, a former Australian wicket-keeper with legendary status, has questioned the decision of the national selectors not to consider Steve Smith for the job of opener in white-ball cricket.

Smith, who is 33 years old, has racked up 328 runs in just four innings for the Sydney Sixers of the Big Bash League (BBL) by scoring 36, 101, 125 not out, and 66.

According to Healy, it is tough to disregard Smith’s credentials as an opener, particularly given the fact that David Warner and Aaron Finch are not even close to reaching their greatest form.

Finch announced his retirement from One-Day Internationals (ODIs) toward the end of the previous year following a terrible campaign, which coincided with the home team’s early withdrawal from the Twenty20 World Cup.

In addition to this, Healy drew parallels between Smith and the renowned cricketer Don Bradman and referred to it as a “pleasure” to watch Smith bat.

When Healy was asked if he would be interested in seeing Smith open in the shortest format, he responded, “Absolutely, how could you not?”

Who batted first in the Twenty20 World Cup alongside David Warner? Aaron Finch, sometimes known as “Finchy,” served as the team’s captain.

“Both Warner and Finch aren’t playing anywhere near as well as Smith, so in my eyes, he overtakes both of those with the manner that he’s batting right now,” Healy said on Wednesday’s episode of Sportsday NSW. “He overtakes both of them with the way that he’s batting now,” Healy said.

The 58-year-old went on to say that not just Twenty20 Internationals, but also the 50-over World Cup that will be played in India the following year should take Smith’s ability to begin the batting into consideration.

“We don’t play many international Twenty20 matches, so I’m hoping that he’s doing this (scoring big in BBL) in preparation for the next World Cup.

Even if it were a game of 50 overs, I’d still open with him. According to Healy, there are not too many hitters in Australia who can even come close to matching Smith’s level of technique.

“I feel as though it’s an honour to be able to observe him. When he goes out and sees how hard the others are working, the gap between him and the rest of them is incredible; it’s extremely Bradman-like.

“He’s just doing it so easily and how he’s done it, he’d have a technical knowledge of what he’s doing — he’s talking grip and everything like that, but I like his feet, his feet are still and so is his head. He’s just doing it so effortlessly.”

“When he played at his best, which may have been three or four years ago, he was walking all over the place, but when the bowler delivered the ball, he was dead still, and his feet were set.”

“He wasn’t doing it six months ago, but now he’s consistently hitting the ball in the middle of the bat, and watching him play like this feels like a luxury,” said the coach.

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