Following Steve Smith’s claims, Aaron Finch mentions missing the English crowds during their upcoming ODI and T20 series against England. The Australians have already reached the shores of the United Kingdom, gearing up for a high-voltage clash. Aaron Finch will lead the side in the three ODIs and three T20Is, beginning from the 4th of September.
Former Australian captain, Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner copped up plenty of jibes from the Barmy Army last year during the World Cup and Ashes. It erupted following their involvement in the ball-tampering saga on the Test tour of South Africa in March 2018. However, on this occasion, the two sides will play without spectators in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.
Aaron Finch concedes it’s always entertaining to have a crowd, which is as lively as the Barmy Army, owing to their constant banter. The 33-year old opening batsman reckons they cross the lines at times; however, it’s a great thing if England loses in front of them.
“It’s always good to have a crowd to entertain and the banter that comes from particularly English crowds is pretty special. Do they go over the top sometimes? Maybe, yeah. It’s all a great thing to be a part of, especially if you beat England over here,” Finch stated as quoted by france24.com.
Aaron Finch confident of the intensity remaining the same:
Aaron Finch mentioned watching it back home from his television without crowds; however, as cricketers, they play the majority of their games without crowds. Finch recalled the ODI that they played in March in Sydney against New Zealand behind closed doors and stated they don’t need an extra incentive, especially when playing in England.
The Victorian pointed out that all it comes down to is playing for your country proudly; hence, the intensity would not go down.
“We played the game against New Zealand at the SCG (Sydney Cricket Ground), which was our last game, behind closed doors so I don’t think that we need any extra motivation or we don’t need any crowd to pump you up — not that we get it here in the UK anyway.
“At the end of the day we are still playing international cricket. What it’ll come down to is pride in your performance and representing your country really proudly. It will be different but I don’t think it will take away from the intensity of the games whatsoever,” the Australian skipper added.