PAK v AUS 2018: Fresh faces for T20Is will help overcome the Test series struggles, says Aaron Finch 

Australia's T20I skipper wants his team to start off fresh on what has been a tough tour so far.

Finch would want to lead from the front in the T20I series | Getty

T20I skipper Aaron Finch thinks that the fresh faces coming in and the positive energy they bring, will help Australia overcome the disappointing loss in the 2-match Test series before the first T20I of the three-match tussle against Pakistan, on Wednesday, October 24. 

While Finch is one of the only five players to continue on the tour, he said that just a different feel of playing white-ball cricket again will help the overall squad to mentally recover and focus on the task at hands. 

"There's nine fresh guys that have come into our squad from the Test series, so there'll be no baggage from them whatsoever," he said ahead of the clash at Abu Dhabi, "I think I'm the only batsman out of the top handful that was here for the Test series. So I think in that regard they're just going to come in and play their natural game."

Finch is also excited about the impact the likes of Chris Lynn can make against the no.1 ranked T20I side in the world and said, "He(Lynn) played nicely [against UAE], but being injured for quite a while it's always a bit uncertain with Chris in the field, whether he's diving and stuff like that, but from all reports he's 100%, he says he's feeling great at the moment, it's great to have him back,"

"We've also got Ben McDermott who made his debut yesterday and played really well towards the end of the innings. When you have new guys coming in it's really exciting, particularly on their debut," he added. 

On the potent threat that Pakistan's bowling attack possess, Finch reflected, "He's a world-class spinner Shadab, I thought we played him really well in Harare(earlier this year) on a wicket that was spinning a little bit, especially towards the back end of that tri-series," and stressed,  "But teams who take wickets in the Powerplay tend to win games, and teams who, when they get a team on the ropes really squeeze them, I think goes a long way to winning the game," before emphasizing, "We're going to have our game plans on how we approach it and how we plan out our game, so it'll be an exciting three games. Both sides are very attacking, particularly in the Powerplay, both sides have plenty of power, so it'll be a great series."

"Both sides are pretty familiar with each other coming off that tri-series in July and also a Test series. There's a lot of work that goes in from backroom staff and players individually preparing for each game and each series and each opponent individually, but as a collective, there was some good knowledge on both sides from that tri-series," he added and signed off with, "Their spinners play a big part in their plan as well, so we're going to have to play well against them to be a chance and to win this series."

(Inputs from Cricbuzz)


By Kashish Chadha - 24 Oct, 2018

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