In a big move, Steve Smith was named as the next Test opener for Australia. Arguably the best Test batter of this generation, it is a surprise to see him make such a big move at such a late stage in his career. That said, he may not be the last person to do this. In the past, as well, the likes of Rohit Sharma took this route. On that note, here, we take a look at three popular middle-order batters who could become Test openers in the future.
1) Harry Brook
Harry Brook has already shown the management his ability to be flexible in the white-ball formats. He could, in fact, be a solid candidate to become an ODI opener very soon.
While Brook is a terrific middle-order batter, he certainly has the game to do well at the top. It would not be a surprise if he makes the shift in the future.
2) Temba Bavuma
Temba Bavuma is one of the popular middle-order batters who could become Test openers in the future. Bavuma has been one of the constants in the middle-order for the South African Test Team in recent times.
However, with the retirement of Dean Elgar, the team has a problem. Yes, there are definitely some fine youngsters who can take up the role of Elgar. However, the team might need the stability that Elgar offered at the top. An option could be to have Bavuma open the innings and a newbie play in the middle-order, at least, until he gets a feel of the international level.
3) Mitchell Marsh
Recently, Marsh mentioned that he has no plans of becoming a Test opener. In fact, he said that he is more than happy batting at No.6.
However, in a few years, Usman Khawaja could also announce retirement. Marsh might need to help the Australian side in this regard. Hence, it would not be a surprise if he becomes a Test opener.