Australia’s ODI captain Aaron Finch is hoping his side can carry over the momentum gained from their come-from-behind series win over India to their upcoming five-match series against Pakistan.
The Aussies arrived in the United Arab Emirates in high spirits after turning around a 2-0 deficit against India to walk away with an unexpected and hard-fought 3-2 series victory in the sub-continent (their first series win in India since 2009), much to the chagrin of the home fans.
Finch is hoping that his team can carry over the confidence and momentum gained from their success after having lost six consecutive ODI series’ prior to their tour of India.
‘It is about trying to maintain our momentum that we got in India,’ said Finch. ‘I think since we played South Africa in Australia we have got better and better, I think we are starting to get a real clear strategy in a real game plan and how we want to play one-day cricket, and it is just about making sure that we continue in that way.
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‘I think Pakistan has obviously played in these conditions for a long time,’ added Finch. ‘We cannot take them lightly in any form of the game at any time. They are a highly skilled and talented team and so we are definitely giving them as much respect as we gave India.’
The first ODI of the five-match series will take place in Sharjah on Friday, with both teams looking to start the campaign off with a win.
Shoaib Malik (captain)
Aaron Finch (captain)
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