INDIA’S TOUR OF AUSTRALIA, 2018-19
Cricbuzz Staff •
“The work he’s doing off the field, he’s so close to really nailing a match-winning innings.” © Getty
Since his record knock of 172 in a T20I against Zimbabwe in July 2018, Aaron Finch has crossed 50 only twice in 25 innings across formats, averaging 18.96 in the said period. His underwhelming numbers in recent months isn’t a cause for concern, at least according to vice-captain Alex Carey, who feels the kind of work that the Australia captain is putting in behind scenes will translate into a major contribution sooner than later.
“Finchy is a really proud Australian cricketer and he wants to bounce back and he wants to score big runs for us. The work he’s doing off the field, he’s so close to really nailing a match-winning innings. His leadership has been fantastic around the group. Having a guy that has made 11 ODI hundreds around our group and an experienced head out… he has been amazing off the field,” Carey said on Monday (January 14).
Following their first ever Test series loss to India at home, Australia came back well to register a victory in the opening ODI at the SCG, and they now have the chance of ending their win-less streak in ODI series. While their last series win in the 50-over format came in January 2017, Carey is confident that Australia will be able to snap the six series win-less streak but was quick to add that they had the bigger picture of the World Cup in their mind.
“As a cricket lover, I want to see Australia winning. And being a part of it, it means so much to us every game we play. So the series win would be a great result and a really big confidence booster. To continue to get better every game is probably our biggest process at the moment leading into that World Cup. Not thinking too far ahead, bringing it back to tomorrow night, but if we’re playing the cricket we know we’re good enough to play, the results will probably look after themselves,” he said.
Carey also defended having Glenn Maxwell batting at No. 7, where he got to face only five deliveries in the previous game. “To have Glenn Maxwell sitting in the sheds ready to go with two, three overs to go, I think that’s a pretty powerful position for our cricket side to be in. He has had lots of opportunities up the top of the order before… you could argue the point he should be batting higher. Personally… it’s pretty exciting to have that power hitting later in the innings. He doesn’t need too many balls to make a big impact.”
Meanwhile, Mitchell Marsh, who missed Australia’s opening ODI against India after being hospitalised for a bout of gastritis, could be available for selection for the second game at the Adelaide Oval. “Mitch is good… he’s back fully fit and ready to go. He is going to have a bowl today and he will have a hit, so we will see how he pulls up,” Carey said.