Australian limited-overs captain Aaron Finch is frustrated over his poor batting forms in this ODI series while he feels that he is still a very good player.
In the ongoing three-match home ODI series against India, which is currently standing in 1-1 with the last ODI is yet to be played, the Australian captain Aaron Finch scored 6 runs in both the played games in this series.
Talking about his present feeling, Finch told the media prior to the final ODI of the series, “I am little bit frustrated. I am trying to bat a little bit longer for one thing. When you are searching for runs, you can be searching for the right recipe, and over the last couple of days, I have had a look at footage. I have seen things that have worked out when I got a hundred for Australia last, and what didn’t. I want to give myself the best chance. Maybe, I have been too tentative in the last couple games and letting pressure build up.”
Earlier, in the four-match home Tests series against India, Finch scored only 97 runs in six innings before getting dropped from the final Test match of the series. However, the 32-year-old is still confident about his cricketing skills.
He added, “That’s always a fine balance between attack and hanging in there, waiting for the right time to be aggressive and take on the opposition. I still feel I am a very good player.
“I think 13 international hundreds suggest I do know what is required. It is about seeing through the initial part and putting pressure back on the bowlers. It is just about going back to my natural game, letting it flow and finding the right rhythm.”
While the Australian limited-overs captain is confident about his new opening partner and wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey, he also wants a lot of flexibility in the batting.
Finch said, “It’s about giving him (Carey) opportunity to perform. He has been shuffled around a lot, but we want to have some consistency and allow him to play a game that he is pretty comfortable with, opening the batting in ODIs and T20s. We will have to wait and see how (David) Warner and (Steve) Smith shape up.
“We want to try and have as many bases covered in India and Pakistan series ahead of the World Cup. If we can have 3-4 guys in opening, middle and finishing, that will give us a lot of flexibility in the batting.”
Finch observes the good improvement in their middle-overs batting and further added that their recent mindsets are really positive.
The Australian limited-overs opening batsman said, “There has been a lot of talk about the middle overs, and the way we have played their spin so far, 3-115 from 22 overs in Sydney, 1-115 in Adelaide. There has been a lot of improvement.
“The mindset in particular from the last couple months has been really good. To be able to get 286 and 298 back-to-back on slow wickets in Sydney and brutal conditions in Adelaide was good. Shaun Marsh has been outstanding. It is good how we have stuck to our game plans and executed them.”
Since January 2017, Australia hasn’t won an ODI series. Prior to the final ODI of the ongoing series that will be played on Friday (18 January) at Melbourne Cricket Ground (Melbourne), Finch is confident to end their long waiting to win an ODI series.
Finch said, “We are very keen to win the series. It has been a while since we have won one. Coming up against a real powerful Indian line-up, there have been some positives particularly with the bat and there has been a lot of improvement in the last 8-10 months to be really proud of in the two games. It’s 1-1 also because our bowlers have been outstanding.
“A lot of improvement can be made but a lot to be proud of in this series as well. Winning the series is our main focus.”