Frustrated by Australia’s repeat failures in One Day Internationals (ODI) in the recent times, vice-captain Aaron Finch has admitted the team has ‘under-performed dramatically’ in the last 18 months.
Australia are currently down 0-2 in the five-match ODI series against England and are on the brink of their fourth consecutive bilateral ODI series defeat when they line up on Tuesday at Trent Bridge for the third match. “No doubt we’ve under-performed dramatically in the last 18 months in one-day cricket,” news.com.au quoted Finch as saying before the do-or-die clash against England. “There’s no shying away from that – you can’t hide the win-loss facts. “We play well in patches but let the games slip, be it with a couple of poor overs with the ball or little collapses with the bat.
Calling for the top-order batsmen, including himself, to be “more accountable”, Finch said that there had been far too many mistakes on their part in the first two games. “At times, I think, we’re playing some good cricket, at times we’re making some mistakes that seem to be happening pretty regularly. We keep talking about middle-order collapses and losing wickets in clumps and it keeps happening,” said the 31-year-old.
On Monday, the baggy green slumped to their worst ranking in ODIs in the last 34 years, securing sixth spot in the table. Finch added that sixth place in the rankings is a ‘fair reflection’ of the side, which has now lost six of its last seven ODIs against England.
Australia have now lost 13 of their last 15 completed ODIs and seven of the last eight. With less a year to go for the ICC World Cup 2019, Australia, who are the defending champions, must get their combination right so as to defend the title. “It’s about kicking on, being more ruthless, more disciplined through that middle part when we are getting out. It’s about taking more care,” said Finch.