Aaron Finch plotting Australia's bid for 2023 World Cup title in India

The five-time world champions lost to England in the semi-final in last year's edition of the World Cup.

Aaron Finch | AFP Australia's limited-overs captain, Aaron Finch, is eager to see his country plan well in advance for the next 50-over World Cup in 2023 in India. 

The five-time world champions lost to England in the semi-final at last year's edition of the flagship event and haven't started off well in the new cycle, losing away series in India and South Africa. 

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But Finch thinks the lessons learnt from that will come to good use, as he and his side go about identifying the right individuals and formulating a detailed plan on how to regain the prestigious trophy. 

"I’m a cricket nuffy so you are always thinking about it, especially being captain and with what’s coming up with the T20 World Cup (scheduled at home this year, but currently uncertain due COVID-19), whenever that might be, and there’s a couple of them and looking forward to the 2023 50-over World Cup in India,” Finch told SEN Radio.

"We are just in the processing of nutting out how we go about winning that, what we’ll need to do down the track to be successful in those three tournaments."

"In the 50-over space it’s about working back from that 2023 World Cup and really getting a detailed plan of how we think we’ll have to win it, what’s the structure of the side we’ll need in India," he added. 

"Is it going to be two spinners, is it going to be an extra all-rounder, and kind of work back from there."

In its top-order, featuring David Warner, Steve Smith and Finch himself, as well as the bowling attack, including the likes of Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa, Australia has a good base to build its team around. 

The focus, whenever cricket resumes, is expected to be on strengthening the middle-order and creating strong back-ups, apart from better adjusting to different surfaces and handling the big-match pressure. 

"If there’s someone new we identify who could perhaps have a big impact, make sure they have enough experience so in a high-pressure semifinal you aren’t going in hoping they’ll do well, you know they have the form and enough experience behind them to make sure they are comfortable with the international level," Finch said.

"It’s not rocket science, it’s going through data, a bit of gut instinct of what you feel will be the trends of one-day cricket. Will it be 400, or will it be that 320-mark with some wearing pitches in India and a couple of spinners in your side," he concluded. 

(Inputs from PTI)


By Kashish Chadha - 26 Jun, 2020

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