Australia lost to England in the semifinal of ICC World Cup where captain Aaron Finch said this was their one of the worst performances. Australia were reduced to 14 for 3 in 6.1 overs, where Steve Smith and Alex Carey tried to steady the ship and managed to put up 223 on the board which England chased down with ease in 32.1 overs.
“Definitely in the first ten overs of the game,” Finch said. “We know they were going to come really aggressive at us with the bat, so we had to be aggressive with the ball, we had to take or create ten chances and take them as well. So it wasn’t going to be a game, especially against England, that peters out into the 47th, 48th over. It was going to be ultra-aggressive and they got on top of us early with the bat,” he added.
“But the damage was really done with the ball. That sets you back. That forced us to rebuild for such a long time and start to drag some momentum back and then you lose a couple of quick wickets again, new batters starting, it is always tough against really good leg-spin and good quicks as well. So, all in all, we were totally outplayed to be honest all throughout the day,” he told.
Finch even talked about Usman Khawaja’s injury and Glenn Maxwell’s poor form.
“Very disappointed. We came here today expecting to win,” he added. “We felt like our preparation leading into the tournament and then the momentum we’d built-up through the tournament was really important and we came here feeling good, we trained well, we had enough break in between games and guys were fresh enough. So it’s really disappointing how it ended, especially to put up probably one of our worst performances overall for the tournament,” he said.
“In terms of where we were 12 months ago, obviously I think we have made a huge amount of progress,” he told. “Really proud of everyone involved for how much hard work and how far we have come, but at the same time we came here today to win a semifinal and get ourselves into a position to win another World Cup. But really proud of where we have come from and the gains that a lot of players have made over the last 12 months in particular,” he expressed.
Finch said Australia will look forward to the next World Cup.
“I think that after a World Cup you always have one eye towards the next one,” he shared. “I’m sure over the next couple of months or so we will sit down and start talking about that and start planning on how we think that we can best plan and prepare and improve over the next four years to get us to go, well two steps further.”
“I think that every team will do that. You start looking at what you can improve most, areas that you can identify that you need some work to be done and that will happen no doubt. But as a coaching staff, as a management, that will be really important as well that everyone gets on the same page and everyone pulls in the same direction which is what we have done. We have been really lucky. Everyone has bought into the way we have played and it is unfortunate we have come up short,” he concluded.