• Finch wants repeat of March’s success over India

    Captain Aaron Finch is eager for Australia to draw inspiration from March 2019’s ODI series victory over India, come Sunday’s World Cup fixture at The Oval in London.

    Australia recovered from a two-nil deficit to win the final three matches in Ranchi, Mohai and Delhi earlier this year.

    ‘I think winning those last three games was really important for us in India, to get some self-belief that we could beat this Indian side in their home conditions,’ said Finch.

    ‘For that, I think when you look back, it comes down to taking them at key moments in games, and making sure that no matter what the situation of the game or the series or the tournament, whenever you’re playing India, you have to believe that you can beat them, because they’re a world-class side.

    ‘So to be able to beat them in their home conditions three times in a row was really important for the confidence of the side, especially going into a game like this.’

    Twickenham Cricket Club bowler Jaykishan Plaha was hospitalised on Saturday, after being struck by the ball during Australia’s practice session on Saturday. Batsman David Warner hit a powerful straight straight drive which sent the ball hurtling toward the nets bowler.

    ‘Dave was obviously pretty shaken up. The young guy seems to be in pretty good spirits at the moment,’ added Finch.

    ‘He’s obviously been taken off to hospital and will continue to be assessed just to make sure that everything is okay. It was tough to watch.’

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