ICC World Cup 2019: The Class and Timing of Steve Smith is Back Like Before Says Aussie Skipper Aaron Finch
Australia limited overs skipper Aaron Finch is of the opinion that Steve Smith is back to full form and it seems like that the former Aussie skipper never left the Australian team as the defending champions gears up for the 2019 World Cup which is slated to be played in England and Wales from 30th May.
Steve Smith has returned to international fold after serving a year ban for his involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal. Steve Smith wasn’t in the best of touches in the IPL. However, he looked in great touch during the two warm-up games against New Zealand scoring 89 and 91 respectively.
“His [Smith] timing and class were back again,” Aaron Finch was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo. “It was like he hadn’t left. His drives down the ground on a really difficult wicket to time off the front foot was so impressive, just the amount of time he spent in the middle and how he went through the gears was very impressive,” Australian skipper said.
Aaron Finch feels that the likes of Steve Smith and David Warner have played some incredible cricket during the Indian Premier League and it is quite evident from the way they are hitting the ball in the nets. David Warner finished with 692 runs in the IPL campaign and still stands a strong chance of finishing as the leading run scorer.
“They are two of the best players in the world which is valuable to have at your disposal. The boys have been brilliant, all the work off the field with the team has been great. It’s an interesting time, no doubt when they are coming back in but still a great opportunity for everyone to learn off them as well. They have so much experience and what they bring to the group is really valuable.”
Aaron Finch after getting back the services of David Warner, Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc is confident that they will able to defend their coveted title which will be their 6th World Cup title. “I think it’s a big advantage, just to know what it takes to win a World Cup and what it takes to manage your way through a campaign which can be difficult,” Finch said.
“You have to be at your best at the business end but you can’t afford to let anything slip at the start. Six guys, who have been there (2015) and done that will give a lot of experience to the others of what to expect, what to feel walking out there because it is different,” he said.
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