Legendary Australian wicket-keeper Ian Healy has urged the national selectors to open with Steve Smith in white-ball cricket. He has scored 328 runs in four innings for the Sydney Sixers of the Big Bash League (BBL), including 36, 101, 125 not out, and 66.
Healy believes it is difficult to ignore Smith’s performances as an opener, especially when David Warner and Aaron Finch are struggling.
Finch retired from one-day internationals last year. Healy also compared Smith to Don Bradman, saying it is a “privilege” to watch him bat.
Asked whether he would like to see Smith open in the shortest format, Healy said, “Why not?”
“Warner and Finch are not playing well, and Smith is in exceptional form. So he is ahead of them in my eyes,” Healy told Sportsday NSW on Wednesday.
He added that selectors should open with Smith in T20Is and ODIs.
Healy indicated that Smith has a sound technique.
“It is a privilege to see him bat. The difference between him and others is huge. It is very Don Bradman-like. He is making batting look very easy. When he plays a shot, his feet are still, and the head is still,” he said.
“He’s finding the middle of the bat, which wasn’t the case six months ago.”