After losing the three-game T20 series against England, Aaron Finch’s men gear to face them in as many ODIs, beginning from Friday at the Old Trafford in Manchester. Australia, who are placed at the top in T20I and Test rankings, have slid to the 5th spot in ODIs, courtesy of their inconsistent displays. Skipper Aaron Finch revealed that Australia are still on the hunt for the best formula and playing eleven in ODIs.
Since the 2019 World Cup, Australia managed to win only two out of their seven ODIs. Australia beat India earlier this year in the opening ODI but lost the other two, conceding the series. The men in yellow travelled to South Africa where they suffered a whitewash in three more games. Australia comfortably beat New Zealand in the only ODI that took place in Sydney in March before the other two games resulted in getting called off due to COVID-19.
Aaron Finch said that over the last couple of years they are still searching the formula to succeed in ODI cricket along with the best players. Finch reflected that they have not nailed the format and remained inconsistent, contributing to their woes. Meanwhile, the English team will emerge not only as the reigning World Champions and number one ODI team but also with their full-strength team.
“We’re still searching for our best formula and our best 11 players day in, day out in the one-day format. I don’t think there’s any secret to that. There’s been great opportunity that we probably haven’t nailed consistently in this format. We’ve played some really good cricket in patches and some indifferent cricket in other patches,” Aaron Finch said as quoted by Times of India.
“One-day cricket is a hard game, especially away from home” : Aaron Finch
The 33-year old mentioned that it all comes down to finding a consistent selection formula. Aaron Finch revealed doing a lot of soul-searching on the structure of their ODI cricket during the extended break, keeping an eye on the 2023 World Cup in India. The Victorian believes it is all about gaining as much information to win consistently.
“I think it’s just finding a consistent selection formula. We did a lot of work in the Covid break on how we think we can structure our one-day cricket and where we think we need to get to for that 2023 World Cup. It’s about getting as much information all the time to give us the best chance of winning consistently. One-day cricket is a hard game, especially away from home,” he added.