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Out of shape Australian skipper Aaron Finch says he has been working on making some technical changes ahead of the T20 World Cup. Finch, who recently stepped down from the ODI captaincy, has been going through a rough patch for over a year. In the three T20Is against England at home, he managed just 25 runs. “I think T20 cricket as the opening batsman, there’s some risk and reward in trying to be aggressive and get the team off to a quick start,” Finch said at the captains’ press conference.
“But it won’t always go according to plan. I agree. I think if you play T20 long enough you’ll understand that you’re just riding on the ups and downs a bit.
“But I feel really good. There are some technical changes and things I’ve been trying to do lately. Yes, I feel ready for the World Cup,” he added.
Australia are set to begin their title defense against trans-Tasmanian rivals New Zealand in Sydney on October 22 and the skipper feels the defending champions have a balanced side.
“You go to a World Cup and you know that the composition of your 15 men is really important. It’s not just 11 players that bring you a World Cup, it’s everyone’s contribution.
“I feel like we have a very balanced team. We have some match winners in terms of batting formation and also with the ball.” Australia have lost two of their last three T20 series but Finch believes the main thing is to climax at the right moment.
“I think it’s just about doing your best at the right time. There’s no point worrying about what we should or shouldn’t do in the run-up to the tournament.
“It’s important that everyone in the squad knows their role and what role they’re most likely to play during the tournament and we can tweak things here and there but there’s a really good feeling in the squad,” he added.
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