AUS v SA 2018: Aaron Finch admits off-field ructions causing ‘doubts in mind

Second ODI will be played on Friday at Adelaide Oval.

Finch struggling to find success in the ODI game with Australia | Getty Images

Australian One Day International captain Aaron Finch admitted that the bloodletting at Cricket Australia’s headquarters has put some doubts in his and team’s mind, but the swathe of changes to the board hierarchy should not be blamed for the on-field failures in the game.

Ever since the Longstaff report was released last week, which sheds light on cultural problems in the game’s administration, the number of Cricket Australia executives have resigned or been axed and Finch believes that it caused "doubts" in the minds of the Australian team.

Finch told reporters in Adelaide on Thursday (November 8), “When there are changes, and there are things being said and written about, I think it’s hard not to read it sometimes when it's everywhere.”

Meanwhile, Australia faced a six-wicket defeat in the three-match ODI series opener by South Africa in Perth on Sunday, which was their 17th loss in 19 matches, but Finch doesn’t believe that the off-field ructions played a part in Australia’s series-opening loss to South Africa on Sunday in Perth.

Finch signed off by saying, “For me personally, I don’t think it affected me in terms of my preparation or my performance. You might spend a little bit of time reading it and putting some kind of doubts in your mind at times. But I think it’s about each individual being 100 percent committed to their plans and doing whatever the team needs to get the job done.”

(With AAP Inputs)


By Rashmi Nanda - 08 Nov, 2018

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