Renshaw beat out Marcus Harris and Cameron Bancroft for the berth after days of squad speculation, but Chair of Selectors George Bailey confirmed Green’s inclusion in the lineup, thereby consigning Renshaw to carrying the drinks. Australian Test lineup for West Indies series includes new opener
Cameron Green will come into the playing XI for the Test in Adelaide in a squad also containing Scott Boland. Matthew Renshaw, Bailey said at the time. “We have selected a team we believe contains the best six batters in the country.” Smith expressed an interest in the post after the final Test match against Pakistan in Sydney, and it is believed that his desire to partner Usman Khawaja affected the Australian selection panel’s decisions.Speaking to the press after the announcement, Bailey reiterated Smith’s preference to open.
“I believe he’s keen for this to be a significant chapter of his career,” Bailey said.
“We don’t look too far ahead… (but) for all intents and purposes this is where Steve wants to stay.”
“It’s selfless that someone who has had so much success in one position or a couple of positions in the middle order is open and willing and hungry to have a crack at something new and something different.”