Australia captain Aaron Finch dismissed concerns over Steve Smith’s form ahead of their T20 World Cup 2021 final clash against New Zealand.
Smith has the highest score of 35 and was out for five in the semi-final, but Finch is not too concerned about his form. In the pre-match press conference, Finch said that Smith is a world-class player and has shown how valuable he is for the team in the big matches.
“No, not concerned one bit about his form. He’s a world-class player and he’s someone in big games who has shown how valuable he is. He’s been hitting the ball as well as I’ve seen for a long time, so no, no concerns there whatsoever,” said Aaron Finch.
Finch praised the Kiwis who will be appearing in their third global final after winning the inaugural Test championship in June.
“And New Zealand, they have been in every final for a long time now in ICC events,”
“They are a great team over all three formats of the game. They are a team that can never be under-estimated. But maybe people on the outside do.
“Certainly inside, we don’t. They have got firepower, they have got experience, they have got class. No, I’m not surprised one bit.”
Finch further added that both New Zealand and Australia have a great history and every time they play the battles are great.
“I think both teams have got a great history in cricket-well, not just cricket, but as neighbours, so to speak, Down Under. It’s a great relationship. We play quite a bit against New Zealand now and we always have great battles regardless of the format,”
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