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Aaron Finch hails David Warner, Steven Smith after pair star with bat on Newlands return

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Aaron Finch
David Warner
Steven Smith
Mitchell Marsh
Matthew Wade
Alex Carey
Glenn Maxwell
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The pair put on 75 in the powerplay, Australia's joint third-highest six-over score in T20I history, and allowed only seven dot balls in that phase, the lowest ever.And Finch praised both his improving touch game and his meticulous planning, suggesting that his attention to detail is "as good as anyone I've played with"."In this format of the game and probably one-day cricket as well," Finch said, "Davey's been so consistent for such a long time."I think if you look at his IPL record where he's played the majority of his T20 cricket, it's been super consistent and he's someone that once he gets in and once he's in good form, he's so hard to bowl to because he accesses both sides of the ground, he's got touch, he's got power, so as soon as you've got guys like that, they can be so hard to stop."From his younger days playing T20, when it was all just brute force, I think the way that he goes about thinking through his innings, planning his innings pre-game, but also adapting - it's extraordinary."And to sit down and chat with him about plans, how we're going to go about it at the top of the order - which very rarely works the way that you want it to work - his attention to detail in his planning is unbelievable and as good as anyone I've played with."Smith, meanwhile, was demoted from his usual No. 3 position down to No. 5, with Australia keen to give opportunities to their middle-order batsmen and to maintain left-hand/right-hand partnerships due to the strong cross-wind that blew across Newlands.But even in an unfamiliar role - this was Smith's first innings at No. 5 in T20Is, meaning he has now played in every position from No. 3 to No. 9 in the format - he found a way to stamp his mark on the game, taking 20 runs from Anrich Nortje's final over to finish unbeaten on 30 from 15 balls."[He's] a little bit different [to Warner] in regards to being a middle-order player, No. 3, 4, 5 throughout his career," Finch said.

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