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Australia vs Pakistan: Dale Steyn takes a dig at Aaron Finch’s open chested stance

"Bowlers been doing this for years, glad to see these guys copying us."

Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Australia won the three-match T20I series against Pakistan 2-0 as they managed to keep the visitors on 106 in the third match being played at Perth. The first match was rained out, while the second match was won by the home side quite comfortably, thanks to a brilliant 80* from Steve Smith.

Meanwhile, the visiting team looked out of touch completely on a bouncy Perth wicket, as Australia attacked them with four fast bowlers and apart from Iftikhar Ahmed’s 45 and Imam-ul-Haq’s 14, no batsman could cross the score of 10, as Pakistan were routed for 106/8. Kane Richardson picked 3/18, while Sean Abbott picked 2/14, and Starc returned figures of 2/29 in their respective quotas of four overs each.

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Dale Steyn makes fun of Aaron Finch’s open chested stance

In reply, Australian opener David Warner got a couple of let-offs, as along with Finch, they pummeled the rookie fast bowling lineup of Pakistan with the likes of Mohammad Musa and Mohammad Hasnain being taken to cleaners in the powerplay overs. The Australian captain proved to be the much aggressive one, as he revealed a new open chested stance.

This new batting posture has allowed the opener to free his hands and hit the bowler on length, given that hitting on the leg side is his strength. This was further pointed out by South African pace bowling legend Dale Steyn, who announced his retirement from Test cricket earlier this year. Steyn also took a dig at Finch, who is the only batsman with two scores of 150 or more in T20Is, saying that bowlers have been doing this, i.e opening up their bowling action for better control.

“Finchy opening up that stance, freeing up those hands, much like Steve Smith. Bowlers been doing this for years, glad to see these guys copying us,” Dale Steyn tweeted.

As the dominant Aussies crushed Pakistan 2-0 in the T20I series, the focus will shift to the two-Test matches as well which will be played in Brisbane on November 21 and Adelaide from November 29, which will be a day-night encounter. Before this, the Green Army will play two practice games against Australia A and Cricket Australia XI.

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