Australia's ODI captain Aaron Finch. @ Getty Images
Australia’s ODI captain Aaron Finch. @ Getty Images

Australia ended their seven-match losing streak with a win against South Africa in the second ODI on November 9 but slumped to a defeat in the three-match series decider on Sunday.

Australia next face a well-oiled Indian side brimming with confidence after a thumping series win against West Indies (in Tests, ODIs and T20Is), in three Twenty20 Internationals, four Tests and three ODIs, beginning with the first T20I on November 21 at the Gabba in Brisbane.

A rattled Australian unit need to find solutions ever since the ball-tampering incident during the Cape Town Test in March this year led to a massive decline in the cricket Down Under. With the ICC World Cup 2019 five months away, captain Aaron Finch said the current ODI champions team are looking at teams like India and England to make a comeback.

“You look at the way India play, they’re generally quite conservative in that first 10 and then really solid through that middle 30 overs where they rotate the strike, they lose minimal wickets and then load up at the back end,” Finch was quoted as saying by

“I don’t think it’s all about going head-on and smacking it all out attack the way that England play, but I think if you can mix and match and find what best fits your batting seven. I think it’d be naive and ignorant to think every team can play like that or every team can play like India.

There’s two totally different ways to go about it but they’ve both been ultra-successful in the last couple of years,” he said.

Finch, who took over the ODI side, ahead of the South Africa series, with Test captain Tim Paine and his deputy Mitchell Marsh axed, said his team is a bit one-dimensional right now.

“I think that if you look at our line-up on paper at the moment, you’d say that it’s a fairly one-dimensional side in terms of attack versus workers of the ball and your traditional batsmen,” said Finch.

“Not to disrespect any of the players by any stretch of the imagination but it’s probably that way. And we haven’t got it right for a while and that does expose you in the middle-order at times when you come up on some different wickets or a really good attack who get on top of you early.

Finch thought about a few immediate solutions with time running short.

“We have to either adapt our game plan a little bit around the way the side is structured at best, or we slightly change our personnel to fit a style we think we can win,” he said.

“That’s something that will come out over the next couple of months when we sit down and dig into it and find a way to get back on top of the world.

“We’ve got a bit over two months even until the next one-day games against India so that will be a really good opportunity to sit down and reassess and really start mapping out that process of how I think, JL [Justin Langer] thinks and the leaders think that we can be the most successful in this format.