Aaron Finch, Australia’s limited-overs captain, has said it will be “bloody hard” to zero in on a 15-man squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019. Grab your Cricket World Cup Final Tickets from our global event ticket sales market.
Finch, who has been in spectacular form of late after a tough few months, is leading an Australian side buoyed by their recent successes in India and the United Arab Emirates. Both the captain and his team came back strongly after the loss to India at home, beating them 3-2 despite trailing 2-0 in the five-match ODI series in India. They then claimed an unassailable 3-0 lead against Pakistan in the ongoing five-ODI series.
With most players in a terrific form, Finch and the Australian selectors have a dilemma in picking the World Cup squad, especially with David Warner and Steve Smith set to return following the end of their respective 12-month bans.
“It is bloody hard,” Finch was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. No matter who misses out on the squad? Especially when the side is playing so well, it’s going to be difficult. I will definitely have my views. Justin [Langer] and I, we talk all the time, every day, about selections and team make-ups, different scenarios and things like that.”
The 32-year-old admitted that they are bound to disappoint a few deserving players, no matter how hard they try. “At the end of the day, they’re the selectors and it’s an incredibly tough decision” said Finch.
“Whatever balance you go with in that 15-man squad, there’s going to be some very unlucky blokes out there.”
arner and Smith are currently in India for IPL 2019, and will be itching to get some big runs ahead of the World Cup. However, their potential return to the Australian side would mean an already settled top order will have to be rejigged.
The opening pair of Finch and Usman Khawaja has put on incredible performances against Pakistan, while the likes of Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell have all made the most of opportunities that have come their way.
And Finch stressed the importance of having a settled squad.
“The fact that guys are getting more of an opportunity to keep developing their role and developing the role they’ve been asked to play or the game demands … is gold,” said Finch.
“It [a settled squad] just helps out a lot and it’s been great that we’ve had a really similar squad for quite a while now. England has had a great four years since the last World Cup, but they’ve had a very settled side. India is no different.
“I think leading up to the 2015 World Cup; we’d had the same 15 players for a good 18 months or so. That goes a long way – not just to your culture but just an understanding of how each other play.”
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