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ICC World Cup 2019: Aaron Finch has been the best batsman in tournament so far, says Steve Waugh

New Delhi, June 19: Former Australia captain Steve Waugh has picked Aaron Finch as the best batsman and skipper in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 so far.

Waugh, who led Australia to their second World Cup glory in 1999 in England, while writing a column for the ICC stated that the current Australian captain is doing exceedingly well both with the bat and leading the pack from the front.

"To win a World Cup your captain needs to lead from the front, either by actions or in words. Right now Aaron Finch is excelling in both.

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"He has remained calm and composed off the field in dealing with the media and has unquestionably been the premier batsman of the tournament so far while controlling the tempo of the matches nicely with his leadership," wrote Waugh - who is hailed as one of the finest captains.

Heaping praise on Finch's century knock against Sri Lanka, Waugh said, "His innings against Sri Lanka looked destined for a big number from ball one. On a good quality surface against a modest attack his balance, placement and power overwhelmed the opposition to the point where he was hitting to wherever, whenever he wanted."

Finch has scored 343 runs (5 innings) in the tournament and averages a whopping 110.65. The right-handed opening batsman has slammed a century and a couple of fifties in the tournament.

He's also forged brilliant partnerships with his partner David Warner - who's amassed 281 runs in five games in the quadrennial event.

"Together with David Warner they are forging a dominant combination, complementing each other and setting a solid platform for the remainder of the order," the 54-year-old said.

"What's daunting for teams yet to face Australia is the notion that Warner hasn't yet taken the Ferrari for a spin on the freeway. He has been idling away in second gear waiting for the right moment to put the foot down. Perhaps the semi-finals will be the occasion to test the engine out."

Waugh also warned other teams against the Australian side which is getting getting dangerous with every passing day. The Aussies have so far lost just one game in the tournament i.e. against India but their big match players are looking in good form.

"Encouragingly Australia's big match players are all in good form with Steve Smith searching and closing in on the rhythm and unorthodox creativity that bamboozles opposing attacks.

"Glenn Maxwell the renowned match winner is threatening to live up to his reputation and his 46 off 25 balls followed by a 10 over spell for 46 runs give Australia two players in one when he can focus the mind.

"In Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins Australia have the best opening bowling combination at the tournament and their fitness will be a crucial ingredient to the chances of lifting the trophy at Lord's on 14 July," he wrote further.

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Story first published: Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 11:48 [IST]
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