Last Update on: June 19th, 2018 at 12:24 pm
Australia’s opening batsman, Aaron Finch, is open to the middle-order role to vanish team’s woes. The right-handed batsman believes Australia needs to come up with better execution of their plans.
Australia middle-order had collapsed like a house of cards in the recent past. Consequently, Finch said they need to bat with more responsibility in the middle-overs.
In fact, Australia finds itself in choppy waters once again. Tim Paine-led team is trailing 2-0 in the five-match ODI series against England. Thus, they need to win today’s fixture to keep themselves alive in the series.
“At times I think we’re playing some good cricket, at times we’re making some mistakes that seem to be happening pretty regularly,” said Finch. “We keep talking about middle-order collapses and losing wickets in clumps and it keeps happening. I don’t know whether we’re working ourselves up into a frenzy about things like that but it’s disappointing obviously,” he added.
Finch believes Australia they need to take calculated risks. Aussies lost the second ODI despite a brilliant hundred from Shaun Marsh, as the other players failed to contribute.
Furthermore, they have struggled against spin duo of Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali. Both spinners have scalped a total of ten wickets in two games.
“It’s about minimizing a little bit of risk at times. In the past we’ve been ultra-aggressive against spin and we’re probably still going with that (tactic) a little bit at times rather than taking the game a little bit deeper. Whether that’s through a lack of attention to detail or trying to up the ante too much and push the game forward when we just need to hold a little bit… only the individual knows what their role is in the side at the time, in that partnership, in that scenario,” Finch added.
Meanwhile, Finch batting position got altered for the first time in his International career in the second ODI.
However, the right-hander could not find success at the number five position, as he got dismissed for nought. Nonetheless, Finch believes he can be the answer to his team woes.
“We’ve got a few guys who can bat at the top of the order. Over the last 12 or 18 months I’ve batted in the middle order in quite a lot of T20 cricket – the IPL, the recent T20 tri-series – and done it reasonably successfully as well,” Finch went on to add.
Australia’s opener is of the opinion they need to soak pressure a lot better than what they are doing. Finch said the team players need to communicate better within themselves to find the winning streak.
“I think we’ve got to be a little bit more honest with ourselves and our teammates and probably just communicate a little bit better and be accountable to each other and just try and soak up a little bit more pressure. There have been some times where we’ve really let ourselves down with the bat,” Finch concluded.