'Shouldn't have been picked': Warnie mocks the Australians' 'disappointing' error.
Australia have brushed aside worries about Steve Smith's fitness, but a more critical examination of their Twenty20 strategies remains necessary following their World Cup humiliation at the hands of England.
Smith grasped at his groin after attempting a run out in Dubai's eight-wicket defeat, indicating discomfort following a rapid pick up and toss.
He remained on the field, but the sight would have sent a chill down Tim Paine's spine back home ahead of the Ashes.
"He'll be fine," Aaron Finch, Australia's white-ball skipper, said.
"He made no reference to anything. As a result, I'm confident he'll be alright."
It happened as Shane Warne questioned Smith's role in Australia's team following Mitch Marsh's departure to allow Ashton Agar to return as a fifth bowler.
Warne stated on Twitter that Smith should have been the one to make way, following his previous comments about his status in the Twenty20 team prior to the competition.
Smith's lifetime strikeout percentage remains higher than Marsh's, and he can fill the anchor role in the lineup rather than being a power hitter.
He led Australia's two warm-up games and opening victory over South Africa, but scored just one goal on Saturday when Warne claimed selectors erred.
"Isn't that merely subjective?" When questioned about Smith's pick, Finch stated, "Everyone has a different take about it. That's fine; we believed we had picked the winning squad for tonight's game.
"It was completely unrelated to Mitch's performance; it was simply a match-up."
Australia's choice to put Glenn Maxwell out at No.4 in the third over of the powerplay, before he was lbw for six, was also questioned.
Australia's roster included both Marcus Stoinis and Matt Wade, the former of whom has opened regularly in the Big Bash and the latter of whom has recently held the job for Australia.
"With only six expert betters on hand, you're relying on your top six to get the job done," Finch explained.
"Therefore, there are no concerns there."
Maxi has historically performed exceptionally well. He's just as devastating as anyone else if he survives the powerplay."
David Warner's comeback to form was short-lived, as he was dismissed after scoring just one run in the second over, while Smith was dismissed after five balls and Maxwell was dismissed for six runs after nine balls.
Stoinis was out for a four-ball duck before Wade (18) and Agar (20), as well as Pat Cummins (12) and Mitchell Starc (20), added some respectability to the score (13).
Finch, on the other hand, will not accept the claim that Australia are unprepared for T20 cricket.
Australia now faces must-win games against Bangladesh and the West Indies as they battle it out with South Africa and England to advance out of their group.
"It wasn't long ago that we were world champions," Finch explained.
"As a result, I continue to believe that we are a very good side in Twenty20 international cricket."
Everyone has an opinion. Thus, it is irrelevant. What important are the outcomes."