Finch backed debutant Carey © Getty Images
Finch backed debutant Carey © Getty Images

Australia opener Aaron Finch has backed Alex Carey ahead of the second ODI against England. Australia will not have the services of unfit Tim Paine and Josh Hazlewood for the next match and in their place, Carey and Jhye Richardson are expected to make debut. Finch, who scored a century in the opener for a losing cause, has also requested Australia batsmen to up their game and draw level with the next match at hand.

“(There is always instability) any time your first choice guys are unavailable or crook, we’ve seen it all throughout the summer from both teams, there’s been quite a lot of illness, which is strange. He’s (Carey) taken his game to another level. He showed a lot of promise in Shield cricket over the last couple of years. The way that he put his hand up and has continued to do so for such a young guy is really impressive,” Cricbuzz reported Finch as saying.

Australia collapsed after Finch and Mitchell Marsh’s partnersship was broken. Talking about the innings, Finch said, “That was a pretty crucial time I got out followed by Mitch Marsh. It’s something we’ve talked about a lot over the last 18 months, having set guys go into the back half of the innings, particularly the last 10 overs. For Mitch and I to leave us hanging like that was disappointing. It probably cost us 30 or 40 runs towards the end there. I played a poor shot at the wrong time. If I had’ve gone a little bit deeper and go us to the 41st or 42nd over with Mitch, two set batters makes a huge difference at the end.”

Finch asked the batsmen to improve keeping World Cup 2019 in mind.  ”There is only so much talk you can do about ways you can improve your team and rectifying the mistakes we’ve made consistently over the last 18 months. (It’s about) making sure that when the game is there to be taken on, you don’t second guess yourself. You commit to it 100 per cent. That’s really it; the execution isn’t always the main issue. It’s sometimes the thought process. It’s time to just do it a bit more often,” he said.