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