Finch hopes washouts don’t hurt team’s World Cup chances

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Taun­ton: Aus­tralia cap­tain Aaron Finch hopes the hold­ers don’t be­come the lat­est World Cup team to be de­railed by bad weather.

Heavy rain has forced three nore­sults in the World Cup so far and Finch has been anx­iously ey­ing the forecast to see if Aus­tralia could be the next vic­tim when they face Pak­istan at Taun­ton on Wed­nes­day.

Pak­istan’s match against Sri Lanka was washed out on Fri­day be­fore the clash be­tween South Africa and the West Indies was aban­doned after less than eight overs play on Mon­day. On Tues­day, in Bris­tol, the Bangladesh-sri Lanka match was also aban­doned.

There is rain pre­dicted in the Taun­ton area on Wed­nes­day and Finch con­ceded luck with the weather could play a role in who makes the semi-fi­nals from the 10team group stage.

“I think it (weather) might play a huge part in the next few days,”

HEAD TO HEAD IN WC Finch said on Tues­day. “Next week it starts fine and looks good across the coun­try for the re­main­der of the tour­na­ment.

“So, it’s im­por­tant that you get early wins on the board be­cause you don’t want to be on the wrong end of a cou­ple of washouts that might leave you just out­side that top four.”

If the match does get un­der­way, Finch ex­pects un­pre­dictable Pak­istan to pro­vide a stern test.

They lost to the West Indies by seven wick­ets in their open­ing match, but shocked tour­na­ment favourites Eng­land with a fine per­for­mance.

“I think Pak­istan are ob­vi­ously a very dan­ger­ous side,” Finch said. “We’ve seen con­sis­tently through­out, es­pe­cially ICC tour­na­ments, that they win a lot of games and they get them­selves in a po­si­tion to win the tour­na­ment.”

Aus­tralia all-rounder Mar­cus Stoi­nis has been ruled out of their next World Cup match against Pak­istan on Wed­nes­day with a side strain, cap­tain Aaron Finch said on Tues­day. Stoi­nis picked up the injury against In­dia at The Oval on Sun­day. Mitchell Marsh has been flown over to Eng­land as back-up, but the Aus­tralians will wait to make a call on whether he per­ma­nently re­places Stoi­nis in their 15-man squad. “We’re go­ing to have to jug­gle around es­pe­cially that all-rounder spot. We’ve got Mitch Marsh fly­ing over just as a bit of a pre­cau­tion,” Finch said. —Reuters

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