It’s not going to be easy for Australia as they prepare for the upcoming ODI series in England, while still reeling from the repercussions of the ball-tampering scandal. The suspensions of David Warner and Steve Smith have left a gaping hole at the top of the order. Their entire pace battery of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins is unavailable due to injuries. The odds appear to be stacked.
But therein lies the opportunity as well. An opportunity to move past everything that has happened and start afresh, to test out some young blood, and to get some action in conditions where next year’s World Cup will be played.
Aaron Finch certainly doesn’t mind putting a positive spin on things. While admitting the absence of opening partner David Warner will be a ‘little bit strange,’ he also said that it’s an exciting time for Australian cricket to rebuild again.
“We’ve all had a chance to get our head around the fact that him, Steve (Smith) and Cameron (Bancroft) aren’t going to be part of it for the next little while,” Finch told AAP on Thursday (June 7). “Which way the selectors go for the opening spots, I don’t really know, but I think it’s an exciting time for Australian cricket that we can start to build again.”
Over the last few years, Finch has formed an explosive pairing with Warner at the top. How difficult is it to adapt to a new partner? “It’s just building the relationship,” Finch says. “That’s the foundation of any good opening partnership.
“Getting an understanding on running between wickets, different styles of batting. You build that at training and out in the middle, we’ll do that in the tour games.
“It’s nothing dramatic, you might change a little thing here and there depending on who you’re batting with.”
The five-match ODI series kicks off on June 13 with the first match at the Oval.
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