Sunshine Coast Daily - - SPORT - – Richard Earle

Alex Carey has backed Aaron Finch to snap a 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.”

Dumped from the Test side after av­er­ag­ing 16 against In­dia, Finch (6) failed in the one-day se­ries opener at the SCG. The left-han­der av­er­aged 19 in the one-day se­ries against South Africa last Novem­ber and has 66 runs from his last seven T20 in­ter­na­tion­als.

Aus­tralia skip­per Finch is ‘go­ing fine’ de­spite his lean run in­sists keeper-bats­man Carey.

“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.”

Photo: Si­mon Cross:

EYES ON PRIZE: Alex Carey.

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