[caption id="attachment_854069" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-854069" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Steve-Smith-73-vs-West-Indies_AFP-RESIZED.jpg" alt="Steve Smith, David Warner, Aaron Finch, India vs Australia, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019" width="628" height="352" /> Smith made a gritty 73 in Australia's win over West Indies after Warner smashed an unbeaten 89 not out in his team's opening win against Afghanistan. @AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/australia/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Australia</a> captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/aaron-finch/news/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Aaron Finch</a> has hailed <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Steven-Smith/news/">Steve Smith</a> as the world's best batsman, saying having him and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/david-warner/news/">David Warner</a> back in the fold is a huge boost for the team. <p></p> <p></p>Smith and Warner played their first official international matches at the World Cup in England and Wales after serving year-long ball-tampering bans. <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/icc-cricket-world-cup-2019-mitchell-starc-nathan-coulter-nile-deliver-australia-convincing-win-853183">Smith made a gritty 73 in Australia's win over West Indies</a> after Warner smashed an unbeaten 89 not out in his team's opening win against Afghanistan, meaning both are in good form as they prepare to face Virat Kohli's <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/india">India</a> on Sunday. <p></p> <p></p>"Well, when you've got world-class players coming back into your side, it's unfortunate for the guys who have missed out and the guys that have played some really good one-day cricket in the past," Finch said at the Oval on Saturday. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/cricket-world-cup-2019-pace-the-focus-as-india-meet-australia-in-high-octane-oval-clash-853981">Cricket World Cup 2019: Pace the focus as India meet Australia in high-octane Oval clash</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>"Steve is the best batter in the world in my opinion over all three forms of the game," he said. <p></p> <p></p>"I think that when you have David who's so destructive at the top of the order, his record shows how destructive he is. <p></p> <p></p>"To have them to come back, yes, it's great for the side and our batting line-up and for experience in World Cups and a great help for me as a leader, as well, in terms of tactics and stuff out on the field." <p></p> <p></p>Smith, the former Australia captain, registered his 20th one-day-international fifty against an inspired West Indian pace attack in Nottingham to play a crucial part in his team's 15-run win over the two-time champions. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/cricket-world-cup-2019-australia-halt-net-session-after-bowler-hit-on-head-by-david-warner-853867">Cricket World Cup 2019: Australia halt net session after bowler hit on head by David Warner</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>The Australians had a tough 2018 but peaked before the World Cup with an ODI series win in India and a 5-0 humbling of Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. <p></p> <p></p>Australia, without Smith and Warner, edged out India in their own backyard after being 2-0 down in a five-match ODI series in March and Finch takes that confidence into Sunday's game. <p></p> <p></p>"I think winning the last three games is really important for us in India, to one, get some self-belief that we can beat this Indian side in their home conditions," said Finch. <p></p> <p></p>Five-time champions Australia, one of the favourites to win the World Cup alongside India and hosts England, have their pacemen to thank for their two victories in the round-robin phase of the competition. <p></p> <p></p>Australia's new ball pair of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins have taken 11 wickets between them. <p></p> <p></p>Finch's team will face a tough challenge against an Indian side that boasts a potent pace battery led by the world's top-ranked ODI bowler, Jasprit Bumrah. <p></p> <p></p>Finch rates Bumrah and the other Indian bowlers as "world-class" but said the result would hinge on who used the conditions better and on "early wickets".