Former Australian cricketer Simon Katich believes that Steve Smith‘s transition to opening the batting after David Warner‘s retirement could pave the way for all-rounder Cameron Green to feature in Test matches. David Warner has concluded his Test career after the final Test match against Pakistan.

Speaking during the third day of the Sydney Test, Katich expressed optimism about Smith’s ability to thrive as an opener.

“Steve Smith has excelled at positions three and four in Test cricket. He has an impressive average of over 60 in both slots. If he views this as a challenge he wants to embrace, I’m perfectly fine with it,” he told on SEN Breakfast.

Despite Smith’s slightly less impressive performance in 2023, he managed to score centuries against India and England.

“While he might not be in top form, we’re aware that great players always find a way,” he added.

Katich highlighted the potential benefit of Smith’s move to opening the innings. He stated that it could create an opportunity for Cameron Green to reclaim a spot in the Test lineup. Considered one of Australia’s brightest young talents, Green has been sidelined due to the exceptional form of Mitchell Marsh.

“If it results in players like Cameron Green making a comeback to the team, it provides the opportunity for a reshuffle,” he said.

Australia have secured a 3-0 clean sweep against Pakistan in David Warner’s farewell Test series.