Australia has won a total of five World Cup titles and are the current defenders of their ICC World Cup won in 2015. The team recently registered a surprising win against the No.2 ranked India, in foreign conditions. The team was prior to this struggling in the limited overs format after the ban of the two batting superstars Steve Smith and David Warner due to the infamous ball tampering fiasco in Cape Town Test in South Africa in 2018. The banned duo will be available to play for the national side after March 28; however they won’t be joining their Australian squad in the UAE for the ODI series against Pakistan. The duo will ply their traders with their respective IPL 2019 franchise teams and are also expected to join the Australian squad touring to England and Wales for the mega event commencing from May 30.
Finch’s rise as a captain is good but not as a batsman
After the loss of the ODI series against England in home conditions, Tim Paine was replaced by Aaron Finch as the ODI captain, however the out-of-form Finch has become more of a liability rather than being an asset for the team. With the inclusions of David Warner and Steve Smith, Finch might be placed lower down the rank so that the openers of the Aussie squad, Smith and Warner can get their original position. However with the monstrous emergence of Usman Khawaja in the ODI series against India, Finch’s position in the batting lineup of the team is highly challenged. Khawaja reeled a total of 383 runs in the ODI series against Australia and came out as a successful batsman after the series.
I’m comfortable to bat any position says Finch
Finch recently revealed that he doesn’t mind shifting down the batting order even if he has to bat at No.6. He said that he is comfortable to bat any position in order to suit the lineup and the demand of the team.
“If that means me batting at six, I’ll comfortably do that. If it’s at the top, three or four – it doesn’t matter. Personal results aren’t what this side is about. I think that’s what has made our improvement as dramatic and quick as it has been. If you go in just solely focused on scoring a hundred or thinking ‘if I bat five, I’m not got to get a hundred, I don’t get enough opportunity’, that’s not what is best,” Finch quoted to a news source.