Aaron Finch captained the Australian team in the 2019 World Cup, which they entered as defending champions. While Australia’s form before a year was a lacklustre one, it massively improved a few months prior to the same.
Aaron Finch also returned to form during that period; however, they could not clinch their sixth World Cup. They exited in the semi-final; however, Finch assures Australia carry no scars from that ahead of the limited-overs series against England.
Australia’s run at the mega event ended at the hands of eventual champions, England in Edgbaston. The defending champions beat Eoin Morgan’s men at the Lord’s in the group stage game; however, were no match in the knockouts.
Steve Smith scored a fighting knock of 85 as the men in yellow managed only 222 in a do-or-die game while Alex Carey was the only other batsman, who batted well. While defending, the Australian bowlers picked up only two wickets as the hosts romped home within 35 overs.
Ahead of the first of the three T20 international in Southampton, Aaron Finch insisted they carry no scars from that game and admitted it was a poor display by them. Finch affirmed that Australia is eager to go England’s way of following the four-year cycle and settle their side as much as they can. He added that the COVID break came at the correct time for them, needed to assess and look back at everything.
“It was a tough day but it is a different format and we are not holding any scars over that, I can guarantee that in T20 cricket. I think the long play is honestly really important and something we have been sitting down and planning over the last few months.
“Probably what the Covid break did for Australian Cricket was give us the chance to sit back and look at everything as a whole and dissect that,” Finch said as quoted by Evening Express.co.uk.
Looking back to that game, we didn’t get enough runs: Aaron Finch
The 33-year-old acknowledged the lack of runs in the 2019 World Cup semi-final, being three down early, and putting too much pressure on the tailenders. Finch also highlighted England’s aggressiveness that required them to pick wickets from the start while defending a paltry total.
“Looking back to that game, we didn’t get enough runs. We were three down early with the bat and always chasing our tail. When you have a quality side, well the best in the world, chasing a small total and with how aggressive they are, you need early wickets and they blew us out of the water,” the Victorian added.