Finch thinks Oz will cope

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MEL­BOURNE — Off-field ruc­tions caused by the Longstaff re­view may have caused “doubts” in the minds of the Aus­tralian team. but they will get the job done, ac­cord­ing to cap­tain Aaron Finch (pic­tured).

A slew of Cricket Aus­tralia ex­ec­u­tives have re­signed or been axed since the Longstaff re­port was re­leased last week, shin­ing a spot­light on cul­tural prob­lems in the game’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“When there are changes, and there are things be­ing said and writ­ten about, I think it’s hard not to read it some­times when its ev­ery­where,” Finch told re­porters in Ade­laide yes­ter­day ahead of the sec­ond ODI against South Africa.

“For me per­son­ally, I don’t think it af­fected me in terms of my prepa­ra­tion or my per­for­mance.

“You might spend a lit­tle bit of time read­ing it, and putting some kind of doubts in your mind at times.

“But I think it’s about each in­di­vid­ual be­ing 100 per cent com­mit­ted to their plans and do­ing what­ever the team needs to get the job done.”

Aus­tralia were thrashed by six wick­ets by South Africa in the opener of a three-game series in Perth on Sun­day, fall­ing to their 17th loss in 19 matches.

Long-serv­ing CA direc­tor Mark Tay­lor re­signed from the board the next day, while CEO Kevin Roberts an­nounced on Wed­nes­day that two fur­ther ex­ec­u­tives had been axed, in­clud­ing high per­for­mance boss Pat Howard.

For­mer play­ers and me­dia pun­dits were quick to heap the blame on Howard for Aus­tralia’s cur­rent strug­gles but Finch de­fended the for­mer rugby in­ter­na­tional’s work in the role.

“When you’re in his po­si­tion, you’re in a no-win po­si­tion,” Finch said, adding Howard had to weigh what was best for the na­tional men’s side even if it was not the best for one state at the time.

“He was in a re­ally dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion and did an un­be­liev­able job dur­ing that pe­riod. It’s un­for­tu­nate that Pat has gone, I know how much he loved the game.” — Reuters.

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