Aussie skipper Finch expresses his dissatisfaction about their batting
Australia captain Aaron Finch expresses his disappointment about their batting despite winning the match against Pakistan in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup on Wednesday, June 12 at The Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton.
At one time, it looked like Australia would end up doing 350+ runs easily in their 50 overs after their splendid start. But they lost wickets at the regular interval in the middle overs and ended at just 307 runs. “Disappointing we didn’t bat out 50 overs, when you go in with an extra better. We probably tried to go too hard too early and ended up 20-30 runs short. But great we still got the two points despite not finishing off”, Finch said.
He also admitted that Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali made them much worried as Wahab scored 45 runs off 39 balls while Hasan scored 32 runs off 15 balls and at one moment the winning percentage was much higher for Pakistan than Australia. But Australia finished well and won the match by 41 runs. “”They certainly did [run it close], it’s always tough when you’ve got guys like Hasan and Wahab coming out and swinging. When they get on a roll it can be tough to stop. We had to bowl our best ball, yorker or length, if your execution is off you go out of the ground,” the Australian captain said.
Australia played the match with four frontline pacers and a lack of genuine bowler as they opted out for batsman Shaun Marsh in replace of injured all-rounder Marcus Stoinis. Australian skipper said that it was a very hard decision. “It was a tough call, when you lose your allrounder you have to chose an extra better or bowler. We backed Maxwell to bowl ten overs, he got seven out and I managed to sneak a couple,” he said.
Australia will face Sri Lanka in their fifth match of the tournament on Saturday, June 15 at The Oval in London. Australia are sitting second with 6 points at the point table just behind New Zealand who are at first position with better NRR.