With days to go for the ICC T20 World Cup at home, legendary Australian wicketkeeper-batter Ian Healy is dissatisfied with the performance of top-order batters such as David Warner, T20I skipper Aaron Finch, and allrounder Glenn Maxwell, who posted scores of 4, 13, and 8 respectively in the second T20I against England as the hosts lost the series.
England, driven by Jos Buttler, upset Australia, the defending T20 World champions, by eight runs in Canberra on October 12 to grab a 2-0 series lead ahead of the T20 World Cup here.
Too Many Weapons Out Of Form: Ian Healy
Healy called the obvious hitting troubles a “big worry.”
“I’ve got a real concern that we’ve got too many weapons (batters) out of form, and we might need to put in some more secure batting types,” Healy told SENQ Breakfast.
Healy is concerned about Finch’s form, which has caused the 35-year-old top-order hitter to retire from One-day International cricket in order to concentrate on T20Is. According to the former cricketer, Finch may not make it through the World Cup if he cannot establish his rhythm.
“I’ve got some real concerns, as did the commentators last night, on Aaron Finch’s form,” said Ian Healy, adding, “What he’s doing technically at the crease is just unsound at the moment and he’s not going to last in the World Cup unless he finds some real rhythm and it’s not there.
“At the moment the way he’s playing, he’s got to hit the ball dead-set in the middle of the bat to clear the field, because he’s got no momentum going through the ball. He miss-hit just one side of centre last night and he was caught and he was really frustrated.
“It is feeling bad for Finch at the crease, so he’s got to find something or he’s on the bench and Steve Smith’s opening,” added Ian Healy.
Glenn Maxwell Is My Other Worry: Ian Healy
Healy stated that Maxwell has to improve his control in order to keep his spot in the starting XI. “Glenn Maxwell is my other worry,” Ian Healy said, “(They bounced him last night) and he played a shot at it. There’s two fielders out there and there’s a short ball coming, so let’s control it.
“Let’s make sure it goes into the gap and control it, get it along the ground better; get it bouncing before those fielders out on the boundary… he hit it straight to someone.”
Australia has a chance to reclaim their pride in the third and final T20I on Friday in Canberra.