Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch (AFP Photo)

Australia captain Aaron Finch has said that his slump in limited-overs cricket is nearing its end and that he’s feeling comfortable with how his game is progressing. (READ: Last chance for India to iron out kinks before WC)

It’s been 19 innings spread across ODIs and T20Is that Finch has failed to score a half-century since last July. During that period, he made a Test debut and after impressing in his maiden assignment, against Pakistan in the UAE, he was dropped during the India series owing to repeated failures. (READ: The key issues for India in last lap of ODIs)

As he prepares to lead Australia in the five-match ODI series starting Saturday, Finch is hopeful of returning to his destructive best. “The changes that I’ve made are really close to happening. It could be one ball, could be two balls and you get in the middle and everything snaps back in and you start to feel good and get the flow back again,” Finch said on Friday.

He added, “I’m really confident going into this series. It might sound strange after missing out for quite a while, but I feel really comfortable where my game is at, where it’s going and at times you’re prepared to wear a little bit of short term pain for long term game.”

While admitting the dip has been longer than he anticipated, things are moving forward in the right direction. “This has been a bit longer pain than I would have hoped for. I can see that it’s all going in the right direction and I feel really good about the next two series in particular,” he said.

Finch also spoke about the importance of his personal struggles not impacting the way he leads the team. “I think it’s important to remain level regardless of how you’re going, whether you’re flying or you’re where I am at the moment and not getting as many runs as you would have liked,” he said.

He continued, “As soon as you’re up and down then the team starts to sense that and starts to almost play like that – you start to play on emotion so much. One of the things Australian cricket has been so good at for some years is that you play the opposition on skill not emotion. Remaining level is key to that. I feel as though I’ve done that really well, I feel as though my captaincy on the ground has been really good as well. Just a few runs and it will be all good.”