Going “hitter-heavy” deep in the batting order remains the best way forward for Australia despite a wobbly opening to its T20 World Cup defence and growing calls for Steve Smith to find his way into the team.
All-rounder Mitch Marsh dismissed any suggestion confidence among the reigning champions had been rattled in last Saturday’s thrashing by New Zealand that he conceded had put Australia’s “backs against the wall”.
Critics have come hard at the Australians for not picking Smith, given his peers as the world’s best batters, India’s Virat Kohli and New Zealand star Kane Williamson, are key men in their respective line-ups.
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The value of having matchwinning class was evident in Melbourne on Sunday night when Kohli’s brilliance guided his team…