Aaron Finch deserves total credit for taking Australia to the top of the T20I rankings as they continue their build-up for the next year’s World T20. Aaron Finch’s men will get back to international cricket after nearly seven months, taking on England in the first of the three T20Is in Southampton. Meanwhile, the skipper asserted that Marnus Labuschagne might have to wait to make his T20I debut.
Marnus Labuschagne backed up his sensational ODI and Test form into the shortest format as well. During the second intra-squad T20 practice game, the 26-year-old scored a hundred and shared a stand of 187 along with Alex Carey in a winning effort. That put him in line for his first T20I appearance as the national team preferred him only in Test and ODI teams so far.
Ahead of the opening T20 international, Aaron Finch confidently said they are content with their T20 line-up. The 33-year-old expressed his happiness at Labuschagne’s form that earned him a hundred; however, he has to wait for his first T20 international. It looks likely that Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, and Marcus Stoinis will make up the tourists’ middle-order.
“We’re pretty settled with how we structure our T20 side at the moment. He (Labuschagne) played nicely the other day, but I think he might have to wait a little bit longer in T20 cricket,” the Victorian told in a conference call.
It’s been a really good hit out the last few days: Aaron Finch
The opening batsman added that they have had satisfying practice sessions over the last few days and lauded the contributions of Labuschagne, Carey, and Glenn Maxwell in the warm-up games. Glenn Maxwell hit 108 in a 50-over practice game.
Finch, who hit 156 in Southampton seven years ago in a T20I, stated that the Ageas Bowl has a lot more pace than the other wickets in England. Hence, it allows them to hit through the line and take their game forward than usual.
“It’s been a really good hit out the last few days. “Obviously with Maxwell getting a hundred, Marnus, Alex Carey all getting hundreds in two different formats is really pleasing. Your defensive bowling becomes really important because it’s a wicket that has a touch more pace than some other wickets around the country.
“So it gives you the opportunity to hit through the line and take the game on a little bit earlier on in your innings than what you generally would,” Finch added.