ENG vs AUS 2018: This series has been a good learning curve for young Australian side, says Aaron Finch

Australia failed to win a single match against England.

Adil Rashid celebrating Finch's wicket in the T20 | Source Getty

Australia may have won all their six tosses against England but they were not able to clinch a single victory on their away tour to England. Australia failed to win a single game against their arch-rivals in the series as England beat Australia by 28 runs in the one-off T20I at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

In spite of Australia's T20 skipper, Aaron Finch's master class who struck 84 of 41 deliveries, the visitors fell short by 28 runs chasing a mammoth target of 222 in 20 overs. Finch feels his young Australian side has learned a lot of harsh lessons on this tour of England. When talking about the same, Aaron Finch added  "It's been a really good learning curve for some of the young guys, especially coming off a bit of a break," he told Sky Sports after play. "We've had four months since the end of the season back home, so for them to walk straight back in and perform against the best in the world, you can't come in 1% off the boil. They will learn a lot about their preparation, you have to hit the ground running otherwise it's a long road."

Aaron Finch praised England batsmen for showing valiant batting performance in the one-off T20 match he added "We could have been better obviously," he said of his bowler's performance. "I thought the way England came out and put our young bowlers under pressure early was the way they have been playing all summer and doing it very successfully. Looking back, could we have gone a little bit more attacking early [to try and take wickets]? It's hard to say.

"When the ball's flying around everywhere, your plans sometimes go out the window and you go with a little bit of gut feel. Mitchell Swepson [2-37] on debut showed the value of a legspinner and someone who can really give it a rip."

Following a bending time against England in the ODIs, head coach of Australia Justin Langer thinks Tim Paine needs to play his best cricket if he wants to remain the captain of the Test side and feels Australian selector have superior power to look elsewhere.

On being asked about should Tim Paine be replaced by someone else for the Test captaincy, Finch added "If the role is there, I'd love to do it," he said. "At the moment, Tim is the captain and he led the team fantastically well. It was disappointing that we couldn't back him up with performances as a team. His leadership around the group was second to none. If he's got the job, things are going to be good for Australia." 

(Inputs from Cricbuzz)


By Kunal Kataria - 28 Jun, 2018

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