SSteve Smith and Marcus Stoinis may be dropped from the Australian T20 team after Tim David, an unheralded player, made a compelling case for selection to the World Cup against the West Indies on Friday. Playing in his fifth T20 match for Australia, David needed just 20 minutes at the crease to turn the game’s tide. He scored a decisive inning of 42 runs from just 20 deliveries.

The batter, born in Singapore, had already made an impression in a previous match against India in Hyderabad last month. Still, after his performance against the West Indies, selectors were in trouble, according to David Warner. It’s a nice dilemma to choose between the effective David. The former Test captain Smith. And the highly regarded all-rounder Stoinis, but it will provide an intriguing subplot building up to the World Cup. The innings was started by David hitting four consecutive boundaries off the bowling of Obed McCoy. Including two consecutive sixes over midwicket, one travelling over 110 meters.

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Steve Smith: Steve Smith And Tim David’s Comparison

Steve Smith At Centre Of Selection Dilemma Ahead of T20 World Cup
Steve Smith At Centre Of Selection Dilemma Ahead of T20 World Cup

Before David demonstrated what a superb finisher he is with three sixes in a smashing cameo. Warner had earlier given Australia’s innings its impetus (75 off 41 balls) in the usual carefree way. With their scoring limited to 8-147, the West Indies struggled to keep up with Australia’s 7-178. David and Smith, who entered at No. 4, are members of Australia’s T20 World Cup roster. And may regularly compete for one middle-order position.

At the end of the innings, Smith (17 off 16) struggled, while David flourished and placed pressure on Australia’s selectors. The Mumbai Indians acquired the 26-year-old right-hander from Singapore for $1.5 million during the 2022 IPL auction. Demonstrating how highly regarded the T20 finisher is. Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell will represent Australia as finishers in the World Cup, according to Warner. Still, he added that David’s “amazing” skills on display at the Gabba raise some concerns.

Steve Smith: Tim David’s Journey

“Where does he fit in the line-up, and what is his role? Coming out and playing that role perfectly when it was a hard (Gabba) wicket to start on opens our eyes to how we utilize that. For Mumbai, he came out and got the 30s and 40s off eight or nine balls. It is incredible. You don’t get these types of players every day. It is going to be good for us moving forward. Hopefully, there is a spot there (for David) as well.”

Warner said

Before ever taking the field in a first-class match, Warner, now among the best Test match players in the world, represented Australia in T20 cricket in 2009. After being signed by Mumbai in the IPL this year for $1.5 million despite never having played first-class cricket, David has followed a similar path thus far.

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