Aaron Finch expressed confidence in Smith, said what number he will play in the T20 World Cup

Sri Lanka vs Australia: The first match of the three-match T20 series between Sri Lanka and Australia (Sri Lanka vs Australia Cricket Team) will be played on Tuesday. This series is seen as a preparation for the T20 World Cup that will take place in Australia in October-November. Barring a mid-order setup like Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh, Jose English and Matthew Wade, the defending champions don’t have much to work with on the team.

Australia announce play 11
Maxwell and Stoinis are sure to land a spot in the middle order. If Marsh stays fit, a spot will be defined later. Australia have announced that they will field 11 for the first T20 match to be played in Colombo on June 7. Steve Smith has been included in the batting order. The team ignored the great performance of Josh Inglis, who scored 179 runs in 6 games for Australia with a strike rate of 145.

Say this about Smith
Captain Aaron Finch defended Smith’s selection, saying the Aussies need to focus on his abilities and the role he has to play for the team. Have full confidence. Finch was quoted by the Australian publication WA Today as saying: "Steve’s ability to play the role where if we lose a few wickets on the power play, he comes in and plays the role of higher order." He added that Smith would be placed in the lineup depending on game conditions.

Smith will be fit again
Finch said, ‘But if we get off the power play, then Maxwell will be at number four and Smith will be in the middle order.’ Smith hit at a strike rate of around 100 in the T20 World Cup. His selection has been the subject of debate in Australia’s line-up, which is packed with powerful batsmen. Australia hope Smith brings his ability to play for spin in Sri Lankan conditions.

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Australian Playing 11 (for 1st T20I): Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Josh Hazlewood.

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