Aaron Finch has a decent record in IPL © AFP
Aaron Finch has a decent record in IPL © AFP

Australia’s top-order batsman Aaron Finch has said that Australia have all the resources at their disposal and a perfect team to win World Cup T20 for the first time. 28-year old thinks that cricketers do get exhausted by playing too much cricket in packed schedule now-a-days. But he also believes that this is the challenge before the team and if team works hard it will be able to overcome this. Finch will not play in the T20 to be played against arch-rivals England as he is nursing a broken foot. This is one of the seven T20 matches Australia are scheduled to play before they play in World T20 in India in March’ 2016.

Finch was quoted by cricket.com.au as saying, “For those guys playing all three formats it’s probably unreasonable to expect them to play the home stuff, a Test series in New Zealand then go straight to South Africa. Guys need to be mentally fresh. It’s just as important as being in good nick. I know the selection staff are on the same page with that.” READ: BCCI announces venues for ICC World T20 2016: Eden Gardens to host final

Australia have a busy schedule and Finch feels that it may take a toll on players like Mitchell Starc and David Warner who play Tests, ODIs and T20s. “For those guys playing all three formats it’s probably unreasonable to expect them to play the home stuff, a Test series in New Zealand then go straight to South Africa. Guys need to be mentally fresh. It’s just as important as being in good nick. I know the selection staff are on the same page with that.”

Some players may not feature in Big Bash League (BBL), which is Australia’s domestic T20 cricket tournament. These players have international commitments. However, Finch feels that it’s not a big issue, “If they’re missing BBL to play international cricket that’s not an issue. Guys can change formats pretty quickly and easily. All of us are used to turning up in India and playing the IPL a few days later. If some players are turning up a week before the tournament, for mine that wouldn’t be an issue.”

Australia’s best performance in T20 World Cups came in 2010 when they reached the finals only to lose to arch-rivals England. Meanwhile national chairman of selectors Rod Marsh said during the Ashes “We’ve never won it and we’d desperately like to win. We’ve got to get that sorted. That’s going to be really tough, to win that in India.” Finch thinks on similar lines. Finch also thinks that IPL is a source of inspiration and motivation for Australia to win the World T20 which will take place in India. ALSO READ: India, Pakistan and West Indies in same group for ICC World T20 2016: Reports

“Subcontinent conditions will make it tough but I do think we’ve got the team to do it. We’ve got a lot of guys who have a lot of experience playing there. For some of us it’s almost our second home, guys spend two months there travelling around the country… With Rod Marsh, the selection panel and coach we’ve started mapping out how best to plan and prepare and make sure we’ve got the best 15 guys available. That’s started and it is exciting, personally the chance to lead Australia in a major tournament would be amazing and it is the one trophy that has eluded us.”