World T20 2014 March 26, 2014

Finch promises aggressive response

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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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  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY milepost 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.

  • POSTED BY LoungeChairCritic 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.

  • POSTED BY JoshFromJamRock 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!

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY ScottStevo 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...

  • POSTED BY badyon 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.

  • POSTED BY RednWhiteArmy on | March 27, 2014, 8:02 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies 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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY milepost 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.

  • POSTED BY LoungeChairCritic 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.

  • POSTED BY JoshFromJamRock 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!

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY ScottStevo 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...

  • POSTED BY badyon 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.

  • POSTED BY RednWhiteArmy on | March 27, 2014, 8:02 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies 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

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 27, 2014, 3:22 GMT

    It's a must win match for Australia. However, I hope the West Indies will pull off a victory.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | March 27, 2014, 2:36 GMT

    As I said a big Aus W will also boost up their nrr while WI will take a hit to virtually knock them out.Ind are even worse as their nrr is negative. And a big L to Aussies will mean they along with WI are kocked out.Aus and Pak to go to semis.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | March 27, 2014, 2:11 GMT

    Powerful Aus will be too good for mediocre WI-who struggled and scraped a win v BD-and a W by massive margin is on cards.This will give tourney favs. Aus unstoppable momentum-to set runaway train speeding to cup W-to set cat among pigeons for other teams.

  • POSTED BY LoungeChairCritic on | March 26, 2014, 23:36 GMT

    @gautam n shenoy you forgot to mention our sloppy fielding. After 1 game I think you are being a little bit hasty. The game against Pakistan was a good contest and not a whitewash. Over the years I think we have a pretty decent limited overs record against your team in sub continent conditions. There is a reason why you invite us every year to come and play. After beating England and South Africa in all formats this year anything we do at 20/20 World Cup is a pure bonus. Leheman, Johnson and Clarke have helped re-ignite Australian's love for the game. It's a shame that a scary Mitchell Johnson can't be let loose this tournament on a few players who do not like facing a bit of chin music. I can't wait to see the fear that will be on the Indian team's faces when they face our attack in the Brisbane test latter in year. I am sure Jonathan Trott and Graeme Smith could give your batsmen some advice.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 23:16 GMT

    i don't know what's happening with gayle....for some reason he has gone into a shell...its not going to be too long before he plays a match winning destructive innings...Australia should hope that its not them who feel the wrath...as a Pakistani fan i hope it is not us...i am so happy that Pakistan play against west Indies in the last match of group stage...i am confident that Pakistan will have two wins by then and will have a clear idea about what needs to be done to qualify for the semi's...Bangladesh appeared to be a strong side for the past 2 years but since srilankan series they have been in disarray...i cant see unity in their team...hopefully Pakistan will beat them comfortably...i would say well done to them if they manage to win against a Pakistan team that has gained momentum by beating australia recently...

  • POSTED BY wellrounded87 on | March 26, 2014, 22:33 GMT

    @ Cpt.Meanster on (March 26, 2014, 13:33 GMT)

    I think you are kidding yourself. Warner hit 62 of 20 balls in the warm up game, and has been in blistering form all season both domestically and internationaly. He hasn't played much international limited overs cricket in the last few months however he did smash 199 along with 2 other 100's in 4 domestic limited over games. I guess that's not much. And if you are really writing off guys like Bailey (who decimated India not so long ago) and Watson (player of the tournament last T20 world cup former IPL player of the year) then you are a clown.

    The nature of T20 means any decent team can beat anyone on their day. No number 1 ranked team has ever won the T20 world cup which should show you how unpredictable it is. To write off any of the 8 major teams is idiocy at it's finest.

  • POSTED BY wellrounded87 on | March 26, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    Haddin should make way for Wade, Paine or Ludeman. Sure he had a stellar ashes series, but let's face it he's done much of nothing before and after that home series.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 22:20 GMT

    Australia lack a quality spinner (why can't Lyon play T20?) and it's a real issue when playing on the subcontinent. Although the Aussies have one of the stronger batting line-ups, their pace bowlers' value is largely negated, owing to the slow, flat, turning pitches. This means they will have to score more runs/chase more runs, as the opposition will score quickly against at least one pace bowler in each innings. Expect high scoring in games involving Australia. Just one thing about some of the rubbish being spouted about Australia's sledging: it's only talk but the beamer bowled at Maxwell by Bilawal Bhatti in the Aus V Pak game was disgraceful, yet no-one says a thing. What would have happened if an Australian did it? The forums would have gone off! Bhatti - you should be ashamed of yourself!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 26, 2014, 22:14 GMT

    chad_reid Maxwell got Australia back into the game. You cant blame him for Australia's loss.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | March 26, 2014, 22:00 GMT

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. It's as if the whole damn thing has been organised to stop us. .. Think about it. The Asian teams have been playing on these very pitches for months now. We had one warm-up game and that was the first experience of Bangla pitches for most of the team except Hodge. We play our pool games on the spinningest pitch and during the day when there's no dew to affect the tweakers. We're also in the group with the strongest spin attacks. .. Man, it could barely be harder for us. .. Still, no excuses. We just have to play better if we're to have any hope of advancing. I'm not sure if we can, but if we do, it will be a mighty, mighty effort.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | March 26, 2014, 21:55 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster. You wonder why people doubt your knowledge of cricket when you put up gems like "Watson is useless" The guy who is ranked 2nd in the T20 all rounders is "useless"? Bailey & Warner are useless? I mean, I don't understand why you advertise to the world you undoubted lack of cricket knowledge. I once read you claimed ot have played competitive cricket. I bet it wasn't an organized competition. You ado provide comic relief, so for a morning chuckle, I will enjoy puerile posts.

  • POSTED BY SevereCritic on | March 26, 2014, 21:12 GMT

    Australia's problem isn't batting. They have arguably the most explosive T20 batting lineup in the side. Any of top 5 - Finch, Warner, Watson, Bailey or Maxwell -- can singlehandedly wreck any opposition. Australia's problem is their lack of bowling options in subcontinent conditions. The usual Aussie strength of pace bowling has been neutered by the conditions and Hoggie is not as good as he once was. Allowing a pathetic batting side like Pakistan to score so many runs doesn't bode well for the bowling side. Aussie's best bet to bat the opposition out of the contest - bat first and score 200+ and let your bowlers have a breathing room. Faulkner might help tons with the bowling department. He was phenomenal in the IPL under similar pitch conditions.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | March 26, 2014, 20:49 GMT

    Aussies are missing Johnson and Faulkner, no doubt. Finch scored too slow for what was required and Bailey seemed hell-bent on playing leg side deliveries through the covers with no positive result. Also it must be noted that Haddin hasn't scored a run since the Ashes. We must remember that this is T20, the most fickle format, and that any team can beat another on any given day as one good individual performance can win a game. Bring on the Tests v Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 26, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    As for Gautams comment on mediocre Australian fast bowlers .. Didn't know India produced any fast bowlers ?? All India seem to play are spinners .. Not a quality pace bowler has come out of India since kapil dev !!

  • POSTED BY lokation on | March 26, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    Finch is the reason Australia is in this situation. He played at a rate of 120 strike rate when australia clearly needed atleast 140 - 150 strike rate from him. He was slogging at everything and not connecting most of it. If maxwell can do it, why cant finch? given his caliber. And, Bailey was also a reason for Australia's lose against pakistan. Why on earth would you give finch an over that costs 18 runs and not maxwell. Clearly he missed out on that. Maxwell, to me is more of a bowling allrounder like afridi and not the other way around. Overall very disappointed by bailey captaincy in the last match. Being his die hard fan. Hope Faulkner gets back in the team for the coming games whether he is 100% fit or not. I would rather have a 50% fit faulkner than any other bowling allrounder in the current australian team. Go Aussies and Make us proud.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    Over rated batting, too many hit or miss players, sitting ducks against spin, not one quality spinner, high average age, mediocre fast bowling that is absolutely ineffective on subcontinent tracks- doesn't look like the credentials of a tournament winner. And of course as usual, too many arrogant boastful press conferences from the Aussies ahead of important games that only highlight their insecurity. "One of the best batting sides in the tournament" is a label that Aussie players themselves and their one eyed fans have given - far from the truth and more of wishful thinking.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    This match is a toss up. Aus can afford to lose more so than the WI and still have a mathematical chance to make it to the semis. So the pressure is clearly more on the Windies who looks to be under tremendous pressure in the tournament thus far--evident by their slow starts after six overs. They seem gun shy and just can't seem to pull the trigger in their batting. Good thing for them though is that this is an earlier start (less seaming around) and their batsmen prefer pace on the ball. If Aus allow them to get off to a decent start batting with wickets in hand they will murder them. Aus batting is deep as well, but I do believe the WI have the best bowling attack of all the teams in the tournament--I was shocked at how long it took IN to win that game even with the bad bowling up front by the WI. If WI win the next 2 games give the trophy to them--no use playing semis and finals they would be unstoppable then after they pick up that momentum. WI vs IN finals.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    For some reason Aus XI is not yet complete, Johnson and Faulker is a big loss and aus bowling attack is not up to the standard. Experience of Ryan harris and Siddle can also play vital role but not selecting top bowlers can keep your team on backfoot. Cameron white should play remaining matches regardless as he is not in form but can regain form against weak bowlers my xi for remaining matches Finch Warner Watson Maxwell White Bailey Haddin Hodge One Spinner Starc Bollinger

  • POSTED BY cricketsubh on | March 26, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    my aus team for wl .1.warner.2.finch(wk).3.watson.4.white.5.berly.6.maxi.7.fulkner.8.bolinger.9.murehead.10.countanel.11.stac.i pick finch as a wk becoz haddins bating not up to the mark in t20s and with fulkner in aus got very gud bowling options plz publish cricinfo

  • POSTED BY Ishfaqkhan.jk on | March 26, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    This is really the best team i hav ever seen in t20 frm aus. See warner, finch, watson, maxwell, bailey, hodge, brad haddin, fulkner, nile etc can't remember last tym any team having so much perfect hitters. But the only probluem i is spin bowling.

  • POSTED BY ScottStevo on | March 26, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster, can I have some of what you're on? This Australian batting line up is possibly the strongest in the competition...

    Funny you say Maxwell has talent when his last score was his first over 20 odd runs - ever. I'm going to assume that you know nothing about cricket...

    Warner made 65, 18 and 71 in ODIs in Jan and 53, 40, 65*, 4 in his last few T20s (inc the warm up). I'm going to assume that you know nothing about cricket...

    So Watson, Bailey, Hodge and Starc are useless? Hate to hear your thoughts on the other sides then. Although, knowing how little you know about the game, I envisage we'd get the same standard of analysis you've provided here - zero worth, just like you!

  • POSTED BY ScottStevo on | March 26, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    @keptalittlelow, yes because if you sledge, then you bowl so much better. And if you sledge, you bat so much better. You might be onto something, mate. Maybe everyone should sledge - oh, hang on, they already do...

  • POSTED BY ScottStevo on | March 26, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    @landl47, is that so? Then from a very win-able position of needing 70 from 54 with 8 wickets in hand, it was somehow our bowlers fault??? Fair enough, we didn't bowl well and worse still was our fielding, but from that position, our batting should win that 99 out of 100 times. Credit to Pakistan for strangling our runs and taking consistent wickets. In this format, batting is definitely our strong suit, especially so in the SC where we lack a genuinely threatening spinner - or two.(Hogg has his days!). Nonetheless, I don't think we'll concede 200 each innings either. And even if we do, I still fancy us to chase them down...

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | March 26, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    Aussies are in dreamland. They have no chance at the title here. They have a couple of brash, heavy hitters in Finch and Maxwell but that's where it all ends for them. Cause these two guys are hit or miss players. The rest of the team are useless. So for Australia's sake, Finch or Maxwell should come good if they are to win anything this tournament. Warner can be quite destructive as well but he hasn't really done anything in the last few months in limited overs cricket. So Finch is hoping against hope that his team will bounce back. It only takes one more loss to put Australia out of their misery and I am confident the WI will do just that to them.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 26, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    @Karnawat33 dude if it is boring why are you even worried about who wins or who looses?

    What the heck you should care, whom to play and whom not?

    This isn't good buddy....... Don't get yourself bored, La Liga and EPL are going on...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 26, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    What is more aggressive Mr Finch?

    i mean, is it Six &out, six & out, six & out.........somewhere six six four out..

    that won't take you to 100 either..

    it is not aggressive you have to play, it is just being circumspect and aggressive everyone plays in 20-20....

  • POSTED BY keptalittlelow on | March 26, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    No sledge No Australia, that's their trump card, how can they stop it.

  • POSTED BY ThreePIllarTales on | March 26, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    Pakistan are always a dark horse being so mercurial. Great game. Afridi was the pivot bowler at the end. He's a prancer but great competitor. Watson has never been real comfy against good spin. Should have Hodgy at 3. Most aussies prefer pace. But the current style of the Australian team is great for fans. We'll get to semis and bomb out for that reason. India or SL to win. But I hope NZ cuz they need cricket silverware. LOL @Hello 13, duh ...so you'd rather see a limp lettuce side. The correct point - either banned it totally or let the umpires decide the bounds within the rules of conduct. Play hard within the rules, win or lose then have a drink with your opponents afterwards.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    where is cameron white? he could be slotted at the top as he is in great form.....maybe at no. 3 & watson at 4. He also has good experience of IPL on similar pitches which can be handy....

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | March 26, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    So according to Finch, in the next game we should see Maxwell abandon all that solid defence and hit for the ropes?

    C'mon Aaron, Australia batted as aggressively as they could against Pakistan. The fact is the bowlers let an ordinary Pakistan batting side get far too many runs. If Aus keeps on giving up almost 200 a game on slow wickets, they aren't going anywhere in this tournament.

  • POSTED BY cccrider on | March 26, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    Lets see if Millionaire 'Maxie' can lose another match for Australia. How will he throw his wicket away this time?

  • POSTED BY chad_reid on | March 26, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Care factor in Australia about T20 World Cup & The Australian Team ------> Zero Aus Shud just focus On Tests and than Odis Which they are number 2 and 1 in both formats now

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    aussies why ur shoulders down somebody plz heat them up heat up ...... must play muirhead &hogg to build pressure on wi....friends Faulkner is injured & haddin coming @8 is not good.u don't need 8 batsman for 20-20.even in test they go with 7 batsman then why in this format.....so, think tank must go with proper eleven.my eleven will be=finch, warner, watson, Maxwell ,bailey, hodge, haddin ,starc ,coutler nile,murihind,hogg.i must play muirhead coz leg break bowlers getting success in this cup...Mishra,afridi,narine &mendies also getting wics in googly &wrong one...play proper spinners...

  • POSTED BY Hello13 on | March 26, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    THe Australians are a disgrace to the game of cricket, they sledge far too much.

  • POSTED BY Abdul319 on | March 26, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    Only FAULKNER can save Australia

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    Maxwell hvant used 4 bowling .. e bowled well against SA and England

    brad haddin s not a 20-20 material replace him brad haddin s not a 20-20 material replace him brad haddin s not a 20-20 material replace him brad haddin s not a 20-20 material replace him brad haddin s not a 20-20 material replace him brad haddin s not a 20-20 material replace him brad haddin s not a 20-20 material replace him brad haddin s not a 20-20 material replace him brad haddin s not a 20-20 material replace him brad haddin s not a 20-20 material replace him

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | March 26, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    This T20 WC is showing nothing if not how utterly devoid of anything worthwhile this format is. Other that is, than the 'glory' of one's country winning and therefor being the best at the worst form of cricket.

  • POSTED BY Hello13 on | March 26, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    Why do Australian cricketers talk so much? Even their coach was in the media, saying how they're going to sledge really hard etc. It's embarrassing

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    I think there was a moment, for two or three overs where we took the foot off the pedal in that run chase, towards the end of the Finch and Maxwell p'ship. That and a lack of composure from the other batsmen cost us the game. Maxie showed there was lots of runs on offer but Warner, Watto and Hodgey all tried to go too hard too soon.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    Need contributions from others. you cant win by just 2 players. against pak. 2 played superb but rest did not even crossed 10.

  • POSTED BY KARNAWAT33 on | March 26, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Faulkner is recovering from a Knee Injury fellows. But, any day he's a better choice than Coulter Nile (who can't bat neither bowl). Mitch Johnson was a big blow (But its alright, it would've have been a disgrace if he would've played this boring format :D )

    Faulkner OUT or IN. I don't think the OZZE middle order will fail again, the way they did in the last game.

    They came after winning 5 in a row! (Yes, in different conditions - But if u have Finch, Warner, Watson, Maxwell, Bailey and Hodge as ur Top6 - ur simply the best batting line up in this (boring) format.)

    If anything, OZ won't fall into the 'law of averages' this time like in 2010 & 2012. Would like to see Shane Watson fire, the way he does, it's been a rusty few months for him now.

    I wouldn't be surprised to see OZ win 5 in a row and take the cup home with Glenn Maxwell being the Man of the Tournament.

    Just hope India qualifies on NRR too (M sure, OZ will beat em).

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 26, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    The only team going to win this t20 world cup is none other INDIA. So others don't waste your time.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Aaron Finch need not have bowled that one over in which he gave 18 runs. It was not his fault.

  • POSTED BY checkOnCricket on | March 26, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    I feel Aus bowlers will be thrashed by WI Batting line Up. Gayle, Smith, Samuels, Sammy and Bravo are all good hitters and would be able to send Aus Bowling to all parts of the ground.

    60 - 40 to WI...

  • POSTED BY subratachakrabarty on | March 26, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Aussies are, any given day, any given time, one of the finest team. The format of the game is not a big deal for them. What I reckon is the wise selection of final 11 that will be playing the next match against WI. Batting is okay but the top order need to fire. The fielding was pathetic in the match against Pakistan. So, its not the credit of Pakistan but the dropped catches; sloppy fielding and ordinary bowling that cost Aussies the match. The tournament is wide open, Aussies are in a group of death. They played only one match and therefore, they got no option but to win remaining three just to make sure, they are going to the next level. I think James Faulkner should get a chance. He knows Asian conditions well, played hell lot of T20s in IPL in Asian sub-continent and performed excellently in matches against India in India. Only time will tell whether Aussies are progressing to next level or packing their bags back to Australia.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    Need to play Faulkner so that the balance of the team comes back which was missing in last game

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 26, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    yes I love ausies skills I like to see win aus next match against ws

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | March 26, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Tough for Austrlia to make it to the semi's now in the group of death. If we lost to India instead of Pak it would be good because India are tougher to beat than Pakistan and we had to beat them.

  • POSTED BY fkhawaja on | March 26, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    i think australia should win this contest. they will bat first if they win the toss and post a total.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    Facing Narine on Australian wickets is not the same as facing him on a subcontinental wicket... just saying

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | March 26, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    With a few notable exceptions, this tournament has shown that thinking cricket and subtlety have generally been more successful than a brute force approach. And sides with plenty of spinners and medium pacers have generally done better than sides relying on pace alone. I think that Aaron Finch may not be drawing the right lessons from what we have seen so far.

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  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | March 26, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    With a few notable exceptions, this tournament has shown that thinking cricket and subtlety have generally been more successful than a brute force approach. And sides with plenty of spinners and medium pacers have generally done better than sides relying on pace alone. I think that Aaron Finch may not be drawing the right lessons from what we have seen so far.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    Facing Narine on Australian wickets is not the same as facing him on a subcontinental wicket... just saying

  • POSTED BY fkhawaja on | March 26, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    i think australia should win this contest. they will bat first if they win the toss and post a total.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | March 26, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Tough for Austrlia to make it to the semi's now in the group of death. If we lost to India instead of Pak it would be good because India are tougher to beat than Pakistan and we had to beat them.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 26, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    yes I love ausies skills I like to see win aus next match against ws

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    Need to play Faulkner so that the balance of the team comes back which was missing in last game

  • POSTED BY subratachakrabarty on | March 26, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Aussies are, any given day, any given time, one of the finest team. The format of the game is not a big deal for them. What I reckon is the wise selection of final 11 that will be playing the next match against WI. Batting is okay but the top order need to fire. The fielding was pathetic in the match against Pakistan. So, its not the credit of Pakistan but the dropped catches; sloppy fielding and ordinary bowling that cost Aussies the match. The tournament is wide open, Aussies are in a group of death. They played only one match and therefore, they got no option but to win remaining three just to make sure, they are going to the next level. I think James Faulkner should get a chance. He knows Asian conditions well, played hell lot of T20s in IPL in Asian sub-continent and performed excellently in matches against India in India. Only time will tell whether Aussies are progressing to next level or packing their bags back to Australia.

  • POSTED BY checkOnCricket on | March 26, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    I feel Aus bowlers will be thrashed by WI Batting line Up. Gayle, Smith, Samuels, Sammy and Bravo are all good hitters and would be able to send Aus Bowling to all parts of the ground.

    60 - 40 to WI...

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Aaron Finch need not have bowled that one over in which he gave 18 runs. It was not his fault.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 26, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    The only team going to win this t20 world cup is none other INDIA. So others don't waste your time.