Steve Smith, batting third, scored one run of five as Australia suffered an eight-point wicket defeat to England in Dubai; Shane Warren says Mitchell Marsh should be on the T20 side before the former Test Leader

Last update: 10/31/21 8:27 AM

Steve Smith scored 35 and 28 not in Australia's victory over South Africa and Sri Lanka earlier in the Super 12 stage

Steve Smith scored 35 and 28 not in Australia’s victory over South Africa and Sri Lanka earlier in the Super 12 stage

Shane Warren has criticized the inclusion of Steve Smith in Australia’s T20 World Cup squad after their heavy defeat to England on Saturday.

Smith, who was third, scored one half of five deliveries as Australia set a goal of 126, which England finished 12th to score a dominant eight-wicket win in Dubai.

Warne, one of Australia’s greatest Test and ODI players, said Mitchell Marsh should have been chosen for the game, while also challenging how to use multilevel Glenn Maxwell in the batting order.

“Disappointing pick from Australia leaves (Mitch) Marsh and (Glenn) Maxwell beating in the power game (it should always come after power play),” he wrote on Twitter.

“(Marcus) Stoines should have gone in. Poor strategy and tactics from the Australians. I like Smith but he shouldn’t be on the T/20 team. He should be Marsh.”

Former Test captain Smith scored 35 and 28 lisa in Australia’s victories over South Africa and Sri Lanka respectively before being overtaken by England.

Warren also paid tribute to team Eoin Morgan who now sits at the helm of Group 1 in the 12-team Super 12 stage.

Praised Liam Livingston

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Liam Livingston praised “England’s perfect performance” and brilliant roles from Joss Butler as his team beat Australia by eight wickets in Dubai.

Liam Livingston praised “England’s perfect performance” and brilliant roles from Joss Butler as his team beat Australia by eight wickets in Dubai.

The top two teams from each of the two six-nation groups will advance to the semi-finals.

“Fit for T/20 Cricket from England!” Warne added on social media.

“Hopefully Australia will learn how to play after being shattered by Poms.

“Pakistan and England show how they play T/20 cricket. Australia needs to change their way of thinking about playing as well as the team.”

Australia plays their next match against Bangladesh in Dubai on Thursday (9:30am, Sky Sports Cricket and main event).

Watch the T20 World Cup live on Sky between now and November 14.

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