Aaron Finch © Getty Images
Aaron Finch © Getty Images

Australia faced a hammering in the third ODI against England when the hosts recorded the highest ever ODI score after being asked to bat. When Tim Paine opted to bat in the fourth ODI, Australia scored a competitive 310 with Aaron Finch smashing a round 100 and Shaun Marsh 101. However, England, who have been dominant in this series, chased it down inside 45 overs.

Talking on the same, Finch expressed disappointment for not adding more runs to the total: “It’s obviously frustrating. I think the total that we got was probably around the mark. I could have got us to a lot more to be fair. Probably left a heap out there. We had a good partnership going out there, myself and Shaun. To get out just after getting a 100 was disappointing when we could have kicked on and put our foot down in the last 12-13 overs. Take full responsibility for that for us probably not getting 330-340.”

Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow have been providing good start to the team. They added 174 for the opening wicket. Finch was also appreciative of England’s batting: “I think the way they are playing, they’re putting a lot of pressure on our young attack which is probably showing a little bit in we being too full or too wide at different times and not. Probably not just hanging in there and making them play good shots off really good balls for long enough.

“They have a lot of confidence in the depth in their batting but also that numbers 6, 7, 8, 9 can still get the job done if things don’t go well at the top. I think overall they’ve got a pretty good blueprint. Do we need to copy that? No. I think we need to stick to our strengths and do it for longer. Keep hanging in there, hanging in there and once we start to find the formula and recipe, things will start turning for us very quickly.”

Australia are touring without their main bowlers like Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Marsh. The new bowling line-up includes of young, inexperienced men. Finch sympathised with them, calling this tour a valuable learning for them: ”I think our bowlers are still learning … In the last couple of games we’ve been making the same mistakes. And going forward, we just have to commit to our plans for longer. Just feels like we’re always chasing the game. And its tough for them after what happened in Trent Bridge … There’s nowhere to hide, we’re playing the best in the world. And learnings from this will be valuable.”