The run –machine for Australia this summer, Steven Smith has evolved into a dazzling stroke-player. Riding on the back of his outstanding and consistent performances against India in Tests and in the recently concluded ODI series, Smith will play a key role in Australia’s march towards the glory. With the absence of Michael Clarke almost a reality now, Smith will be the flag-bearer of the Australian batting line-up. In addition to his batting, Smith can play the role of a leg spinner – his prime reason of getting selected in the Australia ODI team.
When it comes to Australian pitches, only a few bowlers can extract the bounce and the movement off the pitch. Mitchell Johnson leads those pack of the bowlers. Intense pace coupled with the ability to swing the ball both ways, he can really make life difficult for the opposition batsman. A tight 8 to 10 over spell can dent any team’s plans of achieving the target score. Batting after Faulkner, Johnson has the ability to hit the ball out of the park proving to be an important all-rounder of the side.