Australia skipper Aaron Finch has given an update on Steve Smith’s injury. Few concerns were raised on Smith’s fitness after he was seen grabbing his groin post a runout attempt against England. However, Finch has confirmed that Smith is fit and will be available for selection in Australia‘s next game. “He didn’t mention anything. So I’m sure that he will be fine.”
Smith is one of the important batters of the Australia lineup. He is someone who can hold the innings together and play the sheet anchor role. He has also been in good form in the tournament and was the team’s highest run-scorer in the warm-ups and the first game against South Africa. However, he has not played a real big knock as of yet.
Former Australia leg spinner Shane Warne though is critical about Smith’s place in the team. Notably, Australia dropped Mitchell Marsh to play Ashton Agar against England, leaving Warne bemused who felt that Australia could have instead dropped Smith. Warne had also questioned Smith’s selection in the 15-man squad.
Responding to Warne’s criticism, Finch said that everyone is entitled to have their own opinion and backed Smith’s selection saying that Australia played a team they thought was best.
“That’s just subjective, isn’t it?” Finch responded when quizzed on Smith’s selection.
“Everyone’s got a different opinion on it. And that’s okay, we thought we picked the team to win the game tonight.
“It was not a reflection on how Mitch has been going at all, it was purely just a match-up.”