Carey has loads of faith in Finch

Townsville Bulletin - - 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 and Carey con­cedes “it’s been a while” without win­ning.

“A se­ries win would be a re­ally big con­fi­dence booster,” said the vice-cap­tain 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.”

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.

The Aus­tralian one-day skip­per, how­ever, 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 his 11 ODI tons.

“The work he’s do­ing off the field, he’s so close to 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.”

Mean­while, 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.

“You could ar­gue the point he could be bat­ting higher but it is pretty ex­cit­ing to have that power hit­ting,” Ceary said.

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 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.

“If you look across the list, there are so many op­por­tu­ni­ties for guys to put their hand up and make a spot their own.”

Aus­tralian vice-cap­tain Alex Carey at Ade­laide Oval.

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