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Warner and Smith make Australia ‘hard to stop’ in World Cup: Lehmann

“David Warner is an excitement machine, at the top of the order, he can set it alight. If he has a really good tournament, he set us on the road to winning a lot of games in the last World Cup. If he does it again at the top of the order with Aaron Finch, they’ll be hard to stop.”

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Warner, who will never hold a leadership role again Australia for his role in the scandal in South Africa, looked particularly impressive at the IPL finishing as its leading scorer with 692 runs from 12 innings that included nine 50-plus scores.

In his absence, Finch and Usman Khawaja have formed a steady opening partnership for Australia but Lehmann expected Warner to slot back at the top of the order.

“Opening with Finch and Warner, I think that’s a certainty,” the former Australia all-rounder said. “And then there’s Khawaja or Shaun Marsh at three I’d think and Smith at four – this is your top four.”

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