Australia finished the year 2019 without a single defeat in the shortest format of the game; building up nicely towards the next year's T20 World Cup on home shores and giving skipper Aaron Finch a lot to smile about post series wins over Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the start of the home summer.
"Really proud of the boys with the way we applied ourselves in the last couple of weeks," Finch said on Friday (November 8) after the ten-wicket win against Pakistan in Perth to end the three-match series 2-0. "Our commitment to training and buying into plans has been impressive. We've got the rewards here."
"But it's all about improving. Each time we turn up at training we are improving our game, improving as a team, and that is very important. We are growing as a team and hopefully some bigger things to come."
Australia has had a fantastic turnaround in its T20I fortunes with the availability of its best bowlers, including someone like Mitchell Starc, and the comebacks of batting stalwarts Steve Smith and David Warner.
"We always talk about one of the top three batting deep and batting a majority of the overs. It's been pleasing we've done that against a world-class bowling attack. It's nice to do it against a top team," Finch said of his own as well as Smith and Warner's exploits against Pakistan.
The middle-order bereft of Glenn Maxwell hasn't been tested as much, though. But on the bowling front, there have been noteworthy contributions from the support cast such as left-arm spinner Ashton Agar, leggie Adam Zampa and third pacer Kane Richardson.
"The way that Agar bowled through this series and in the Sri Lanka series was arguably our Man of the Series," Finch said. "For a left-arm orthodox to be so effective on wickets that didn't provide a huge amount of spin, he was outstanding along with Adam Zampa."
"When you're bowling against quality players of spin, they were just brilliant. That was the important part. Also wickets in the powerplay."
"Starcy, Richardson were brilliant every chance they got. Sean Abbott has come back after five years and did the business first up was unbelievable," Finch concluded.
(Inputs from cricbuzz)