Aaron Finch scored 40 from 18 in 1st T20I vs South Africa at Durban on Friday © Getty Images
Aaron Finch scored 40 from 18 in 1st T20I vs South Africa at Durban on Friday © Getty Images

After Australia’s loss against South Africa in 1st Twenty20 International (T20I) match by 3 wickets, Aaron Finch feels Australia need to adapt to the techniques of spin and their batsmen have to learn to to play smart and come on top in order to avoid the crumbling of top order wickets unlike the 1st T20I, Finch told media after the defeat in Durban on Friday, as reported on cricbuzz. “When you’re playing against a quality spinner on a wicket that’s assisting him, we probably had to play a little bit smarter. Myself included – if I hit that full toss for six it could be a different scenario, you get Imran Tahir on the back foot.” FULL SCORECARD: South Africa vs Australia 2015-16, 1st T20I at Durban

“But we know once he gets his tail up and he’s got some new batters to bowl to … he’s a hell of a bowler and someone who is tough to get away.” From 69 for 1 in powerplay overs, Australia slipped to 104 for 6 within 7 overs giving way to South Africa to rule over Australia for the rest of the game. Imran Tahir stood out for his innings of 3 for 21 before he could complete his innings. Finch who knocked 40 from 18 balls before Australia could collapse, he acknowledged his bowlers efforts after their loss against India by 3-0. “The way that we bowled with the new ball, the way we took wickets in the first six overs,” Finch said when asked what were the positives from the game. READ: David Miller’s unbeaten half-century guides South Africa to 3-wicket win over Australia in 1st T20I

“When we go back, our last three games against India we struggled to get wickets at all, let alone at the top of the innings. To knock over a couple early was a real positive and allowed us to get into that middle order, who played beautifully in the end. I think that’s one thing that we’ll take, a real lot of confidence with the new ball there.” Finch also noted that his side’s fielding has improved considerably ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 in India. “We’ve been criticised over the last few months about our fielding in all forms of the game,” Finch said. “So I think the effort we’ve been putting in over the last few days and couple of weeks leading up to this tour, it’s been huge. More fielding than I can remember us doing in the past and I think it’s showing dividends.

“You have games where you drop catches and that’s going to happen. At the end of the day nobody means to do it. We’re putting in a lot of work at the moment, so hopefully that can continue and we can get the rewards there.” The second T20I of the three-match series is set to be played on Sunday March 6 in Johannesburg. Shane Watson, who suffered an abdominal injury during the inaugural Pakistan Super League, is expected to make his comeback for this game.