Steve Smith must bat at number 3, insists Shane Warne

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Former Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne believes that Steve Smith is being wasted for being asked to bat down the order during the ICC World Cup.

Although Smith has been making useful contributions with the bat, he has struggled to hit big shots at the back end.

With Warner opening the innings with Australian captain Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja bats at number three ahead of Smith.

Shane Warne took to Twitter to express his displeasure at Smith’s batting position in the ongoing World Cup 2019.

“I will continue to say this. Smith must bat 3, there is no question about it. He is pure class and I just can’t understand why the Aussies won’t leave him there for every game ! Smith can adapt to any situation and bowlers fear him, plus he’s just pure class ! So why isn’t he?” Smith questioned.

Steve Smith has scores of 1, 73, 10, 69, 73 and 18 in the World Cup 2019 so far. He played majority of these innings coming in at a time when the team required him to go for the big ones from ball one.

Australia are currently in second position in the points table with 10 points in six matches so far.