Last Update on: January 9th, 2020 at 11:31 am
After the Test victories back home, the Australia Cricket Team are eager to extend their dominance in ODI form of the game as well. They enjoyed massive success in the 5-Day format under the captaincy of Tim Paine, and now, the team is ready to show their skills under the captaincy of Aaron Finch in the upcoming 3-match series against India.
The two sides face each other in Mumbai on January 14 before heading to Rajkot and then Bangalore for what will be Australia’s first limited-overs games since the World Cup in England last year. Australia scripted an unexpected comeback to win the five-match ODI series 3-2 in India 12 months ago after losing the first two games.
You start to doubt your game plan in the sub-continent – Aaron Finch
However, Australia made a lot of changes to the ODI squad, leaving out experienced hands like Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja and Nathan Lyon. Speaking of the same, the skipper Aaron Finch said that Australia has the goods to give Virat Kohli’s men a run for their money. He further added that sub-continent teams are always tough to beat, but he believes in his team to make the difference.
“It just gives us confidence that our game plan in those conditions is good enough,” he told cricket.com.au ahead of his departure. ”What can happen when you play in the sub-continent is you start to doubt your game plan because they’re so dominant when they get on top.”
“India or Pakistan… or Sri Lanka. They can make you start doubting yourself. Knowing that our game plan is good enough and knowing that our skills are good enough to beat India in India. That gives us a lot of confidence going there,” skipper Aaron Finch said.
The tour to India will also witness Australia giving maiden cap to Marnus Labuschagne, who had a sensational run in the Test form of the game. The skipper Aaron Finch feels Marnus will be an asset for the team. Finch feels there is no reason why Labuschagne cannot carry his Test form into white-ball cricket.
“We know that he’s not going to be overawed by the occasion. He’s come back into Test cricket after missing out at the start of the Ashes, and he’s been unbelievable, so hopefully, he can continue that. The form that he showed in the (Marsh Cup) one-day games was outstanding. He’s averaging up around 40 there batting at three, batting at four for Queensland on what’s been a little bit tougher batting conditions over the last couple of years in domestic cricket,” Aaron Finch added.
Well, it would be interesting to see how things would turn out. Both the teams have enough superstars in their lineups to promise an exciting contest for the fans. The series will start in Mumbai on January 14.