Ahead of the ODI series, the coach Andrew McDonald showered words of praise on the skipper Aaron Finch. He believes Finch has developed his game enormously to be a threat to the Indian team in the three-match ODI series. He said Aaron Finch has matured immensely as a cricketer and filled the “void in terms of captaincy” in limited-overs cricket.
After completing the three-match T20I series, India will shift their focus towards the three-match ODI series against Australia, starting from January 14. While Australia has already arrived in India and have started preparing for the highly-anticipated series, the Men in Blue will look to seal the series against the Islanders on Friday in a bid to continue their winning run in limited-overs cricket.
Aaron Finch is better prepared – Andrew McDonald
Ahead of the series against Virat Kohli and Co, Aussie coach Andrew McDonald, said that Aaron Finch has grown as a captain in the last three years while adding that he has managed to fill the void Australia had in terms of captaincy.
“I think the growth of Aaron Finch in his leadership role in the last three years has been tremendous. It has filled the void Australia had in terms of captaincy. His growth has been outstanding, his understanding of individuals has been great,” McDonald told reporters Mumbai on Friday. He (Finch) has an informal group around in terms of continuity of the team. From the World Cup, there has been a couple of changes.
“I think he has just matured as a cricketer, understands his game, understands the opposition and the people around him and all of it has helped him become a fine leader for the country. He was challenged in Australia by the Indians. He is better prepared for what India presents to him on this tour,” McDonald said.
The first ODI between India and Australia will be played at the Wankhede Stadium on January 14. The remaining two ODIs will be played in Rajkot and Bengaluru on January 17 and 19 respectively.
Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey (vc), Pat Cummins (vc), Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, David Warner, Adam Zampa.