‘That’s the goal’: Finch sets audacious target for Aussie T20 side
Australian captain Aaron Finch wants his T20 side to be No.1 in the world.Source:Getty Images
Aaron Finch says there’s never been a better time to play Twenty20 cricket for Australia as the format enjoys rare priority status ahead of next year’s World Cup.
Australia can wrap up their three-match series with Sri Lanka early in Brisbane on Wednesday, having thumped the tourists by 134 runs in Sunday’s Adelaide opener.
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Aaron Finch raises his bat during Australia’s thumping win on Sunday.Source:AAP
Australia have never won a T20 World Cup and Finch’s side currently sit fourth, marginally ahead of India, in a tight top five on a T20 rankings list headed by Pakistan.
Captain Finch says consistent selections and the focus on October’s home tournament should see strong performances from Australia as they seek to improve their current ranking.
“That’s the goal (to become world No.1); we’re No.5 (sic) at the moment in the world and that’s probably been a real reflection of where we’ve been for the last couple of years,” he said.
“There’s always times when you go through ups and downs as a side, but now we have a specific date in mind, which is the start of the World Cup (in October).
“Everything that we’re doing on and off the field is based around working back from the T20 World Cup.”
Including Wednesday’s Gabba clash, Australia have 20 games remaining to fine-tune their campaign and, unlike in previous summers that featured sporadic T20 fixtures, have earmarked a squad they hope can see them through the journey.
Their Adelaide thumping was the perfect start and, with Sri Lanka’s 2-1 series victory on their 2017 visit fresh in mind, Finch won’t relax as he seeks to create a winning habit.
“We’re just really pleased that we’re playing more of it (T20 internationals) now,” he said.
“We’ve spoken about the continuity and being able to select a more consistent side.
“It’s a really great time to be playing T20 cricket for Australia; you’re getting enough game time to develop that squad mentality.”
Originally published as‘That’s the goal’: Finch sets audacious target for Aussie T20 side