Aaron Finch-led Australia will begin their preparations for the T20 World Cup on Tuesday, as the side take on India in the first T20I of the three-game series at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. Lately, Finch’s form has been in question and the righthanded batter has recently decided to retire from ODI’s. In 9 T20Is he played in 2022, Finch has registered 247 runs and he now hopes to give Australia a good start at the top.
Ahead of the three-game run against India, Finch spoke at a virtual press conference about his own form, Virat Kohli who scored 71 international tons, Steve Smith’s role and the squad’s preparations in the run-up to the World Cup.
Virat Kohli had recently scored his first international tonne after almost three years and that was also his first T20I tonne.
“You would be a very brave man to write Virat off at any time. He has shown for 15 years now that he is one of the best players of all time. Especially in T20 cricket he is someone who has developed his talent. game and has grown his game for so long. You always try to prepare as best you can when you go up against Virat,” Finch said at a press conference.
“He’s super, 71 international hundreds, that’s just ridiculous, isn’t it,” he added.
While answering an NDTV question about his own form, Finch said: “I think over a long period of time you’ll feel pretty comfortable with criticism and stuff like that. I feel like in T20 cricket, my form really is has been good for a period I think if you separate the ODI form from the T20I form it is completely different they are different formats of the game we are just really excited to be here to play these three games .”
While answering another NDTV question about how important Steve Smith would be on his way to the World Cup, Finch said: “Yeah, he’s free to play however he feels, most likely he’ll hit number 3 in this series. with Mitchell Marsh We know the quality Steve has, he’s one of the best players who’s ever played the game across all formats.”
“We know the skill he has and the sense of play and the tactical mouse he has, we are confident he can do that no matter what role he has to play within the squad structure,” he added.
Batter Tim David has also been called up for the roster for the series against India. However, Finch remained silent about whether the batter would make his debut for Australia on Tuesday.
“We haven’t completed the XI yet, we are waiting to see the wicket on the ground today. But Tim has been super impressive in T20 cricket for a long time. He is someone we know has the strength, he has that all over the world where he has played has shown the fact that he has come into the squad with such a great attitude has been excellent He is a very good all round pack with his ability to bowl a few overs We are excited about what he has for the squad,” said Finch.
Australia squad: Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Aaron Finch (c), Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa .
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