Aaron Finch looking to play aggressive cricket in the 3rd and series-deciding ODI

Aaron Finch looking to play aggressive cricket in the 3rd and series-deciding ODI

Finch was batting cautiously in the first two ODIs in order to protect his wicket and get some runs.

Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Aaron Finch has been struggling to find runs in the on-going ODI series being played Down Under. The Aussie limited-overs skipper, who scored only 97 runs in six innings in the Test series against India was dropped for the final Test, and his poor form has continued in the ODIs too. He scored just 12 runs in the first two games but is looking to play attacking cricket in the third and series-deciding ODI.

Finch was batting cautiously in the first two ODIs in order to protect his wicket and get some runs. It didn’t quite work out as India’s opening bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar was able to find a gap between his bat and pad – on both occasions, the right-hander lost his stumps pretty early in the innings. But the batsman plans to play his natural, attacking and aggressive cricket in the third ODI. With the series evenly poised at 1-1, the third ODI will decide if the hosts can win their first ODI series since January 2017.

Finch has figured out how to revive his form

“I am little bit frustrated. I am trying to bat a little bit longer for one thing. When you are searching for runs, you can be searching for the right recipe, and over the last couple of days, I have had a look at footage. I have seen things that have worked out when I got a hundred for Australia last, and what didn’t,” Finch said while interacting with the reporters on the eve of the game.

“I want to give myself the best chance. Maybe, I have been too tentative in the last couple games and letting pressure build up,” he added.

Going back to his natural game

Finch has been very crucial to Australia’s limited-overs success. With 11 ODI tons and 2 T20I centuries, he has given them positive and imposing starts against all sorts of opponents. The right-hander, who had set the tone for Australia’s 2015 World Cup win with 135 in their opening game against England, feels that going back to his natural game is his way out from the current series of failures.

“I think 13 international hundreds suggest I do know what is required. It is about seeing through the initial part and putting pressure back on the bowlers. It is just about going back to my natural game, letting it flow and finding the right rhythm,” he signed off.

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