AUS vs NZ: Why is Steve Smith Not Playing Today’s Australia vs New Zealand T20 World Cup 2022 Match?

Updated on: Oct 22, 2022 12:56 pm IST

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    Steve Smith AUS vs NZ: In a massive breaking news development, Australia are not playing their star batsman Steve Smith in their ICC T20 World Cup 2022 opener against New Zealand scheduled to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney. Australia will definitely be quite confident of their chances and defending their title which they won after beating the same opposition comprehensively in Dubai last year.

    AUS vs NZ: Why is Steve Smith Not Playing Today’s Australia vs New Zealand T20 World Cup 2022 Match?

    After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Australian captain Aaron Finch revealed that Steve Smith is not part of the playing XI for this game against New Zealand. While looking at the recent performances and his individual form, Australia had already given big indications that Smith won’t be a starter in the side to start the mega event. The arrival of big-hitting batsman Tim David have forced the hosts to make some massive changes in their T20I set up and he has surely proved his metal as a finisher in the shorter format of the game. Australia are playing their trio of all-rounders, Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell.

    “Going to bowl. There’s weather around but we also feel the wicket gets better and better as the game goes on. Everytime you represent Australia you feel pressure. We’ve always had amazing support. Smith, Agar, Richardson and Green the four players not playing,” said Australia captain Aaron Finch during the toss.

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    AUS Playing 11

    1. David Warner
    2. Aaron Finch (C)
    3. Mitchell Marsh
    4. Glenn Maxwell
    5. Marcus Stoinis
    6. Tim David
    7. Matthew Wade (wk)
    8. Pat Cummins
    9. Mitchell Starc
    10. Adam Zampa
    11. Josh Hazlewood

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    T20 World Cup 2022 Schedule

    Date Match Venue Time Result
    22 October, 2022 Australia vs New Zealand Sydney 12:30 PM IST
    22 October, 2022 England vs Afghanistan Perth 4:30 PM IST
    23 October, 2022 Sri Lanka vs Ireland Hobart 9:30 AM IST
    23 October, 2022 India vs Pakistan Melbourne 1:30 PM IST
    24 October, 2022 Bangladesh vs Netherlands Hobart 9:30 AM IST
    24 October, 2022 South Africa vs Zimbabwe Hobart 1:30 PM IST
    25 October, 2022 Australia vs Sri Lanka Perth 4:30 PM IST
    26 October, 2022 England vs Ireland Melbourne 9:30 AM IST
    26 October, 2022 New Zealand vs Afghanistan Melbourne 1:30 PM IST
    27 October, 2022 South Africa vs Bangladesh Sydney 8:30 AM IST
    27 October, 2022 India vs Netherlands Sydney 12:30 PM IST
    27 October, 2022 Pakistan vs Zimbabwe Perth 4:30 PM IST
    28 October, 2022 Afghanistan vs Ireland Melbourne 9:30 AM IST
    28 October, 2022 England vs Australia Melbourne 1:30 PM IST
    29 October, 2022 New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Sydney 1:30 PM IST
    30 October, 2022 Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Brisbane 8:30 PM IST
    30 October, 2022 Pakistan vs Netherlands Perth 12:30 PM IST
    30 October, 2022 India vs South Africa Perth 4:30 PM IST
    31 October, 2022 Australia vs Ireland Brisbane 1:30 PM IST
    1 November, 2022 Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Brisbane 9:30 AM IST
    1 November, 2022 England vs New Zealand Brisbane 1:30 PM IST
    2 November, 2022 Zimbabwe vs Netherlands Adelaide 9:30 AM IST
    2 November, 2022 India vs Bangladesh Adelaide 1:30 PM IST
    3 November, 2022 Pakistan vs South Africa Sydney 1:30 PM IST
    4 November, 2022 New Zealand vs Ireland Adelaide 9:30 AM IST
    4 November, 2022 Australia vs Afghanistan Adelaide 1:30 PM IST
    5 November, 2022 England vs Sri Lanka Sydney 1:30 PM IST
    6 November, 2022 South Africa vs Netherlands Adelaide 5:30 AM IST
    6 November, 2022 Pakistan vs Bangladesh Adelaide 9:30 AM IST
    6 November, 2022 India vs Zimbabwe Melbourne 1:30 PM IST
    9 November, 2022 1st Semi-Final Sydney 1:30 PM IST
    10 November, 2022 2nd Semi-Final Adelaide 1:30 PM IST
    13 November, 2022 Final Melbourne 1:30 PM IST

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