Australian white-ball captain Aaron Finch feels that the Ashes Series will not have an impact on T20 world cup plans as the two events are scheduled within a month of each other. The T20 world cup in India starts in the month of October and continues into late November while Ashes is likely to start on December 8 which might tempt all format Australian players to opt-out from the T20 world cup to prepare for the Ashes.
The Ashes schedule which is not confirmed yet would have not collided with the T20 world cup under normal circumstances but due to the present COVID-19 rules and regulations, Australia might have to go under quarantine for two weeks after returning from the T20 world cup in India which will be an issue for the preparations of Ashes series. A lot will depend on the protocols which are expected to be freed down a little bit once the coronavirus cases get reduced.
Aaron Finch Looking To Win World Titles
Aaron Finch admitted that he would be surprised if any player puts their hand up and opts out of the T20 world cup to prepare for the ashes. He told about the structure of the side built upon certain players and added that he is looking to play the best team. He mentioned that the opportunity to win world titles won’t be granted always and he suggested taking them while they come.
“I would be very surprised if they did put their hand up and say they didn’t want to be a part of it [T20 World Cup]. I don’t think that will come into consideration, to be honest.
“I think that the way that we have played T20 cricket, the way that we have structured up the side, we are looking to play our best team. The opportunity to win world titles doesn’t come around every day of the week. I think you have got to take them when they come up,” Aaron Finch was quoted as saying by The Age:
Finch Praises Josh Phillipe For Oustanding Form
Aaron Finch will be captaining the Australian T20 side for a five-match T20i series starting on February 22 at Christchurch. He praised Josh Phillipe who was the player of the tournament in BBL 10 by mentioning his destructiveness with the bat when he is in form. He credited RCB for backing Phillipe and spending a lot of time to bring out the potential from the youngster.
“When he is playing well, he is so destructive of an opposition. He is someone who has, obviously, got all the shots but he is starting to get to that point in his career, and I think a lot of that was on the back of having a couple of months of IPL, where he spent a lot of time with AB (de Villiers) and Virat (Kohli) talking about batting with myself,” said Aaron Finch.
Aaron Finch will be hoping to take Australia to their maiden T20 World Cup victory which is really surprising with the amount of dominance they have in the other formats.