Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch is ready to lower himself to aid Australia’s title protection at the CWC in England and Wales this year. Fans have bought their Cricket World Cup Tickets and hoping for the Australia to perform well in the tournament.
Finch and U Khawaja have had success as a pair at the top of the order newly, with partnerships of 83, 193 and 76 in the India series. They are also predictable to open together in the five-match ODI series against Pakistan, which is starting in Sharjah on Friday, 22 March.
Finch has opened for Baggy Greens in 98 of his 100 ODI innings. That contains a successful partnership with David Warner in the 2015 CWC, which Australia won after beating New Zealand in the final at Melbourne.
Finch has struggled for form lately. In eight ODI innings this year, he has counted only 183 runs at an average of 22.87. He partially addressed those anxieties in the series against India, when he collides with 93 in the third ODI in Ranchi.
Though, with Khawaja in enormous form he was the highest run scorer in the series against India, with two centuries and two fifties – and Warner’s awaiting return, Finch’s place at the top isn’t secure.
“If that means me batting at six, I will comfortably do that. If it’s at the top, three or four – it doesn’t matter,” he said.
“Personal consequences aren’t what this side is about. I think that’s what has made our development as affected and quick as it has been. If you go in just exclusively focused on scoring a hundred or thinking, ‘if I bat at five, I’m not going to get a hundred, I don’t get enough opportunity’, that’s not what is best.”
While the yields of Warner and Steve Smith add to Australia’s selection annoyances ahead of the CWC, Finch is predictable to lead them at the pavilion event. Having led Australia to a famous series win in India, Finch took core from the success and supposed he has the game to work past his recent failings.
“Some people would have occupied a bit more notice over the last couple of weeks,” he said. “I still feel really good with my game … my pace is there. There have maybe been some times where you start hesitant your method. For me, it’s about going back to what’s functioned for me in the past.”
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