Australia’s performance affected by board chaos, hints Aaron Finch
Australia captain Aaron Finch (AFP Image)

Disarray within Cricket Australia has distracted the Australian team, feels captain Aaron Finch as he addressed the media on the eve of his team’s second one-day international against South Africa in Adelaide. There has been plenty of movement in the board after the review committee called CA’s culture ‘arrogant’, following which David Peever stepped down as the chairman last week and former Australia captain Mark Taylor resigned as a board member.

“When there are changes, and there are things being said and written, I think it’s hard not to read it sometimes when it’s everywhere. You might spend a little bit of time reading it and putting some kind of doubts in your mind,” Finch said.

Ever since the experienced duo of Steve Smith and David Warner was banned for 12 months from international cricket, Australia have been on a poor run, especially in ODIs. The defeat to South Africa in the first ODI at Perth was their seventh in a row, and overall 17th in previous 19 games. According to Finch, focussing on the basics remains key.

“It’s about getting back to the basics of partnerships and making sure you connect with your partner when you first get out there,” he said. “When we talk about confidence in the batting group it’s about not letting outside distractions affect your game.

“If you can… really make sure that you’re committed to watching the ball and being 100 percent committed to your partnership, I think that’ll go a long way towards turning things around quickly.”

Finch, appointed captain of the ODI side, replacing Tim Paine, has himself not been among the runs and has sought advice from former captain Greg Chappell. “I managed to catch up with him for a chat about technique and some minor changes (I want to make),” Finch said. “Someone who is as successful as he was as a cricketer and then as a coach as well, to be able to tap into his knowledge and his thoughts on technique and the basics of batting is huge.”