Cricket World Cup 2019: Aaron Finch says opening 10 overs will be crucial during Australia v West Indies

David Charlesworth 18:37 05/06/2019
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Aaron Finch.

Australia captain Aaron Finch is expecting a testing period up front against West Indies during their 2019 World Cup clash in Nottingham.

Australia have beaten the Windies in nine of their last 10 ODIs – although they have not played each other in the format since 2016 – and warmed up for the World Cup by defeating Jason Holder’s side in Southampton.

However, while Australia started the defence of their crown with a routine seven-wicket win over Afghanistan on Saturday, the Windies made a statement the day before, hammering Pakistan by the same margin after blowing them away for 105 with their pacers using the short ball with deadly results. And Finch knows what to expect on Thursday.

Finch said: “They’re a very dangerous side. I think it’s important that you start really well.

“Those first 10-over periods are going to be really crucial because we know how damaging the West Indies can be during that period.

“I think if we’re tentative and a bit stand-offish and wait for things to happen, that’s when they can dominate you from the start.

“It’s important that you turn up with the right attitude and the right intent in the first 10 overs, bat or ball.”

Finch has welcomed a different changing room at Trent Bridge as he looks to play a role in reversing Australia’s fortunes at the ground.

Nottingham has recently been an unhappy hunting ground for Australia, who were bundled out for 60 here in the 2015 Ashes, while their last visit 12 months ago saw England bulldoze their way to a world record one-day international total of 481-6.

Finch was among those left shell-shocked last June, a few months before his elevation to limited-overs captain, but he insists there has been no dwelling on what transpired on Australia’s return to the venue.

However, with Australia the designated home team ahead of their second World Cup group game against West Indies on Thursday, Finch did admit that he was happy with a change of scenery.

Asked whether there have been discussions about the England game last year, Finch said: “None. None whatsoever.

“Just before we turned up to training (on Tuesday), a few boys talked about their previous experiences here which obviously haven’t been overly pleasant.

“But we’re in the home changing rooms which is a first for everyone, which is nice.”

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