Selectors with powerful knock
THE power-hitting display Chris Lynn put on in Geelong in his 66 not out on Sunday night was everything he couldn’t do when he was in the Australian one-day team.
His four sixes in the Brisbane Heat’s massive win over the Melbourne Renegades was also the same amount of maximums the entire Australian side managed in last Saturday’s ODI victory over India.
Despite the Aussie win at the SCG, the inability of coach Justin Langer’s men to top 300, the new par score in a World Cup year, had plenty question- ALEX Carey has backed Aaron Finch to snap a devastating form slump as Australia plots the “confidence-boosting” revenge against India that emboldens its World Cup defence.
Australia enters a World Cup year without one-day series success since January 2017 against Pakistan.
Six series losses lay in the distance including the Champions Trophy in England and Carey concedes “it’s been a while” without winning.
“It would mean a lot. A series win would be a great result and really big confidence booster,” said vice-captain Carey with Australia 1-0 up entering today’s game two in Adelaide.
“We definitely want to win a series against India, bounce back from that Test series. I guess with the World Cup not too far away to have some success in Australia against one of the best white ball sides in the world would mean a lot for our cricket going forward.”
Openers David Warner and Travis Head averaged 73 and 67 respectively in Australia’s last 50-over conquest against Pakistan but Carey and Finch have been united at the top of the order against India.
Dumped from the Test side after averaging 16 against India, Finch (6) failed in the one-day series opener at the SCG. But Australia’s one-day skipper Finch is “going fine” despite his lean run insists keeper-batsman Carey. ing the lack of smashers in the line-up.
It’s a number World Cup favourites England have passed 31 times since the 2015 World Cup. Australia, the defending champs, have managed 300 just 15 times in the same period, and just four times in the past 20 matches.
Plenty called for Glenn Maxwell, who has career strike rate of 121 through his 88 ODIs, to bat higher than No.7, where captain Aaron Finch said he can “float” from.
But Lynn, who was circumspect after being overlooked for the series, said the newlook line-up had got the job
“Finchy’s a really proud Australian cricketer and wants to bounce back, score big runs for us,” said Carey lauding Finch’s leadership and 11 ODI tons.
“The work he’s doing off the field, he’s so close to really nailing a match winning innings.
“For me to bounce off him in my role as well, he’s been amazing off the field more so.”
Glenn Maxwell’s best batting slot in a side that has struggled to match the 6.25 run rate per over of World Cup favourite England continues to be a bone of contention. If Maxwell isn’t required until the late overs at No.7 then the side is doing well says Carey.
“He has had lots of opportunities in the top order and the other night, having him in the sheds when there is three done once and would be able to build in to the team everyone wants them to be.
“There’s a time and place for your big strike rates, but you look at that line-up, there’s power all the way down the list,” Lynn said.
“Pete (Handscomb) and Uzzie (Khawaja) are probably two guys with the least power, but they still clear the fence and have so much time when they bat. There’s an elegance to that line-up, then there’s also that brute power with Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis to complement them. It’s got a pretty good balance at the moment if you ask me.”
overs to go means we have done something right through the middle and top order,” said Carey of Maxwell.
“You could argue the point he could be batting higher but it is pretty exciting to have that power hitting.”
Australia, notes Carey, has its tail up in the three match series following the impressive entry of Jason Behrendorff (2/39) and way Jhye Richardson (4/26) rushed through India in Sydney.
Competition for World Cup spots is positive.
“It is a really good opportunity for Behrendorff, Richardson and Peter Siddle who all played really well the other night, it was a great opportunity for me too at the top of the order and Peter Handscomb (73) coming back in,” he said.
Lynn was left out of the squad, setting his own World Cup ambitions back, for dual reasons.
The first was making just 59 runs at 19 in three games against South Africa in November. The second was a poor strike-rate against spin, of which India bowled 20 overs at the SCG.
The Heat captain has responded by being the leading scorer in the Big Bash with 313 runs at a staggering average of 52 through seven games.
He’s adamant he is better against spin than the numbers suggest, but knows he needs runs to get the selectors’ nod.
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