AUSSIES IN SIGHT OF RARE WIN
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.”
EYES ON PRIZE: Alex Carey.