Australian cricket team is currently trailing the 5-match ODI series 0-3 against India and now the remaining matches are just to save their pride which will be played in Bengaluru and Nagpur. The hosts sealed the series with a 5-wicket win in Indore on Sunday despite Aaron Finch’s rapid-fire century on return from injury.
Talking about Australia’s recent dismal performances, Finch said that this is the toughest time for the team since making his debut five years ago. Australia has lost 11 of last 13 away ODIs with the remaining two getting washed out. Considering the period of last 12 months, Australia has whitewashed 5-0 by South Africa, lost 2-0 in New Zealand and are yet to open their account in India while facing the prospect of dropping to fourth in ODI rankings.
During a chat with cricket.com.au, Finch said, “Winning away from home is what every side strives to achieve and I think whenever you start losing, you can lose a little bit of confidence in yourself and in the way you’re playing. You have to play well but I think you also have to go in with the right attitude and make sure that when you do get an opportunity to win a game, you don’t let that slip.”
He further elaborated, “We’ve been in a couple of good positions in the first few games and as soon as you give India a sniff, they’ll beat you nine times out of 10. You have to play 100 percent to beat (India) in these conditions. If you play 90 percent, it’s not good enough here. There’s obviously a gap between the sides at the moment and they’re proving that. They’re 3-0 up, they’re the No.1 side in the world and there’s just a few things we need to tinker with as players to bridge that gap and get the results going our way.”
Talking about his breathtaking century, Finch said “I had to convince them to let me play, to be honest. If it had have gone again last night, I might have been in a bit of strife. But the amount of work that I’d put into it and the amount of physio and rehab that I’d had, it gave me a lot of confidence that I’d get back and play and be 100 per cent fit. So it was nice for that to hold u.”