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