World T20 2014 March 26, 2014

Finch promises aggressive response


Despite Glenn Maxwell's dazzling 74 off 33 balls, Australia went down to Pakistan by 16 runs in their opening game of the World T0 and find themselves having to play catch up in the remainder of their group matches. Aaron Finch, who was involved in a century partnership with Maxwell against Pakistan, feels that Australia have no choice but to play in uninhibited fashion now, something that might just end up suiting their aggressive game.

"In such a short tournament like this you probably expect to be in this kind of situation at some point," Finch said. "I guess it's not ideal to be in it after the first game but there is not a real lot we can do. We are an attacking team, an aggressive team so I think what you will see now is even more free-flowing play, more attacking play.

"I think we can take that to another level now and we have got nothing to lose from now on. We have to win three out of three. You can't do that if you sit back and let the game dictate to you. I think you are going to see the team really take on the opposition and give it a serious crack."

Next up for Australia are West Indies on Friday. The defending champions were in the same position as Australia now find themselves, having gone down to India in their first match. But they rebounded on Tuesday with a convincing win over hosts Bangladesh. Playing a major role in that victory was legspinner Samuel Badree, who picked up 4 for 15 in four overs, while Sunil Narine was difficult to get away as he often is, with figures of 1 for 17 in four overs.

While Maxwell had taken on the Pakistan spinners with several swept boundaries, Australia also lost their top five batsmen, including him, to them on a pitch Finch said was slow and not one on which you could attack spin without risking trouble. Australia will be confronted with a similar test on the same ground against Badree and Narine, and Finch said they would have to be spot on with their planning against the duo.

"Badree has opened the bowling for them for a few games now. He is an interesting bowler. He bowls a great length. He is someone who is hard to hit down the ground and it is a bit of a risk if you go across the line. He is someone we are going to have to come up with some pretty clear plans against.

"Narine... a lot of guys have played him in the Big Bash and in the IPL. While having faced him quite a bit we are going to have our plans. He is still a quality bowler. He spins it both ways. Anyone who does that is going to present a challenge."

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    Great game--I always thought win the toss I'll bat second. It's funny both teams would have batted first after winning the toss--I guess the pressure was telling. These grounds are good for batting and I think teams are falling well short of the totals they should be racking up at least 20-30 runs short batting first. Bad decision to bat first by Aus they would have won had they batted second but they shied away from the WI spinners.

  • Cameron on March 28, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    @RednWhingeArmy, I believe prior to the recent Ashes you were strolling around chest thumping that England would stroll to a 5-0 victory over Australia? You can probably work out then why we don't put too much value on your predictions, let's face it you don't actually watch a lot of cricket. At lest you got the scoreline right in Australia I suppose.

  • Wayne on March 27, 2014, 23:47 GMT

    @ gautam n shenoy time will tell. My gut feeling is that this Australian side might not win it but they will take some good sides down. They nearly did it last Sunday night after bowling and fielding terribly. Leheman has been fantastic for this team. He has got them enjoying the game again. Mickey Arthur was a nice man with good intentions, but unfortunately the players didn't respond to him in the same way they do to Leheman. After the last 6 months we have had, anything we do at this tournament is a bonus. After a few years in the wilderness, we finally have the nucleus of a decent team in all three formats.

  • Joshua on March 27, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    If WI bat first, get a good start, promote Bravo, Russell and Sammy, demote Simmons and Samuels.....then WI will win.

    Both teams love the ball coming on to the bat but in this match only WI will have that need met as Aussie attack is seam dominant. Against spin (and a daunting total) Aussies will struggle to win even if dew tries to hamper the bowlers. The Aussie NRR would also take a hit but they'll probably even it back up with a brutal beating of Bangladesh. Remember Watson loves Bangladeshi bowlers!

  • Dummy4 on March 27, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    @LoungeChaircritic: If I were Aussie bashing for the sake of it, I would have brought that up too. But I know Aussies are a good fielding side and they just had a bad day. Same cannot be said of the bowling or batting in subcontinental conditions. My opinion is based not on one game but on following their cricket throughout so many years. Regarding inviting to play, it is a business deal between BCCI and ACB which is not even relevant to our discussion. And if you want to say Indians will be scared facing up to Aussie bowlers blah blah blah, we are pretty even there. Aussies can't buy a win in India (lost the last 6 consecutive tests in India, couldn't even get a draw) and Indians struggle in Australia, with both countries preparing pitches to home strengths. My point of the post to which you responded was, in these (subcontinent) conditions, this Australia team doesn't look like it has the goods to go deep in the tournament.

  • Dummy4 on March 27, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    @Brett Mackin: India and Australia have traditional strengths and weaknesses. Aus is pace and India is spin. Agree with you, other than maybe Zaheer Khan at his peak India havent produced any quality pacers. But before or after Warnie, Aus haven't produced a single international standard spinner either. I think Mac Gill was really good was unfortunate to be in Warne's era. Hauritz, Krejza, Lyon etc wouldn't get into even a Bangladeshi test side. Regarding mediocre fast bowlers, I mean the current t20 world cup squad (not Johnson and Harris) who are completely ineffective trundlers on pitches not suited to fast bowling. Somebody like a Kulasekara is far more effective than the Faulkners and Mc Kays and Starcs. Horses for courses. In world cup 2015, I know the tables will be turned with subcontinent bowlers other than Pakistan's being made to look ineffective but we are talking about the present tournament and Aussies just don't have the cards to win anything in these conditions.

  • Scott on March 27, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    @RednWhingeArmy, if hapless Eng managed to beat the Windies in a T20 game recently, that would suggest a few randomly selected people wearing Australian colours should be able to win such is the vast difference in quality between our nations cricket teams...

  • i on March 27, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    Sacking Bailey is Aus's only hope. Against Pak, he bowls Finch at a critical time and he goes for 18 runs in the over, and then doesn't bowl Maxwell at all? He then comes in to bat when Aus need 7.5 an over to win and bogs the whole innings down over the course of 3 wasted overs. Ends up Aus lose by 16 - the difference that Bailey cost Aus. He then glares at his fielders and criticises his team after the match?

    Sack Bailey, and send a strong message to the team that incompetence won't be accepted. Aus's only hope.

  • Sean on March 27, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    I just cant see australia making 100 against narine. Game over already

  • Ali on March 27, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    well if Gayle explodes, it is curtains for Australia ...

    you HAVE to put runs on the board and defend it...

    the WI batting can collapse for you to win...

    BUT... if WI bat 1st and collapse , the WI bowling is ridiculously strong enough to defend 140

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