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Aaron Finch Reveals Steve Smith’s Batting Position Against India
By CricShots - Sep 19, 2022 4:40 pm
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Australia T20I skipper, Aaron Finch has revealed that there are certain chances Steve Smith will bat at number three in the upcoming three-match series against India, scheduled to be commencing on September 20 in Mohali. India is hosting Australia for a three-match T20I series across three venues, with the other two being Nagpur and Hyderabad.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Aaron Finch, who captained Australia to their maiden T20 World Cup glory in 2021, said that the move to bring Smith in at number three had been taken in the absence of Mitchell Marsh. Australia’s T20 World Cup 2021 hero Marsh is nursing his ankle after suffering an injury during a series against Zimbabwe in August.

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Aaron Finch elaborated, “Most likely he (Steve Smith) will bat at three in this series with Mitch Marsh being out. We know the quality that Steve’s got. He is one of the best players that has ever played the game over all formats of the game. So we know the skill that he has got and the game sense and the tactical nous that he has got. So we are really confident that regardless of what role he has to play within the structure of the squad, that he can do that very, very well.”

Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch and Steve Smith

The Australian skipper further said that his side will see a little bit of mixing and matching in the absence of some first-choice cricketers owing to injuries or rest. The Australia captain, who recently retired from ODI cricket, added that every decision that will be taken by the team will be made with one eye on the T20 World Cup.

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Aaron Finch elaborated, “There will be a little bit of mixing and matching, but still with that one eye towards the World Cup, to make sure that we are still as rounded as we can be as a squad. Every decision that we make, I think, has one eye towards the World Cup and seeing the wicket yesterday [in Mohali], it looked like there was quite a bit of grass on it. “And we know in Mohali, the ball can swing around and it can carry through quite a bit, so I think we will be mindful of not being too narrow-minded in terms of our focus.”

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