Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch (AFP Photo)

Australia captain Aaron Finch is open to the possibility of him not opening the innings at the ICC World Cup 2019 that gets underway from May 30 in England.

Finch has been battling a slump in form and during the recent bilateral ODI series win against India, he scored 157 runs across five innings but 93 of them came in the Ranchi fixture.

With Usman Khawaja in red-hot form, having emerged as the top-scorer during the historic India series victory and the imminent return of David Warner, it will be hard for Finch to hold onto the spot.

But the 32-year-old, who has opened 98 times out of his 100 ODI innings, is ready to bat lower down the order if that’s what helps Australia successfully defend their title.

“If that means me batting at six, I’ll comfortably do that. If it’s at the top, three or four – it doesn’t matter,” Finch said. “Personal results aren’t what this side is about. I think that’s what has made our improvement as dramatic and quick as it has been. If you go in just solely focused on scoring a hundred or thinking ‘if I bat five I’m not going to get a hundred, I don’t get enough opportunity’, that’s not what is best.”

Finch, who has scored 3601 runs at 36.37, feels happy with where his game is at the moment and the ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE gives him a final chance to get some confidence ahead of the marquee event.

“I still feel really good with my game … my rhythm is there. There’s probably been some times where you start doubting your technique … for me it’s about going back to what’s worked for me in the past,” he said.

The five-match ODI series vs Pakistan gets underway from Friday in Sharjah.