Former Australia captain Aaron Finch feels most of the players in the Australian team pick themselves in the playing XI – be it the top four batters, wicketkeeper-batter Alex Carey, all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, or the three pace bowlers alongside Adam Zampa. However, Finch said that the Aussies will need to decide between Marcus Stoinis and Cameron Green to fill the role of the sixth bowling option.
Aaron Finch was quoted as saying by CODE Sports: “I think one of the all-rounders will miss to be honest. I think (the team will) be (David) Warner and (Mitch) Marsh, (Steve) Smith, Marnus (Labuschagne), (Glenn) Maxwell, (Alex) Carey, Green, (Pat) Cummins, (Mitchell) Starc, Hazlewood, Zampa.”
He further added: “I think the preparation’s been OK. The thing that concerns me a little bit is probably how much they’ve played over the last little while and how much everyone’s been on the road. They’ve been pretty gruelling the last six weeks for them, or eight weeks. You’d hate for them to get to the end of the tournament and all be burnt out.”
While Australia have carried an injured Travis Head in their 15-member squad, Aaron Finch said that the southpaw needs to be available at least for the second half of the World Cup 2023 as well.
“I think it’s the halfway mark in the tournament. I think if he can’t make it past that, you probably don’t give yourself enough time to come in. But he’s the kind of player that doesn’t really need a lot of preparation. I guess the only challenge is he’s going to find is the ability to hit any balls before that’s 100 per cent right. I think with a hand injury, his ability to be able to get up to speed quick enough will be the only talking point,” Aaron Finch concluded.