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Australia captain Smith to bat at No.4

Australia Test skipper Steve Smith on Sunday confirmed he will drop down to No.4 in the batting order for the first Test against New Zealand to provide balance to his inexperienced line-up. After taking over the captaincy from Michael Clarke, Smith had already said that he may have to drop down to four. He has now confirmed the move now with Usman Khawaja slotting in at No.3 while Joe Burns will join David Warner in opening for the Test that starts here from Thursday. The right-handed batsman first dropped down the order during the tour of the Caribbean earlier this year. He later scored a masterful 143 at No.3 in his most recent Test at The Oval in August. But his average is 80.00 at No.4, from the four Tests he played in the position against India last summer. "Breaking the more experienced players up a little bit in the order (is the right thing to do). (By dropping down to No.4), if there's a run of wickets hopefully I can stop it.
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