Se­lec­tors with pow­er­ful knock

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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.

Pic­ture: AFP

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