Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch (AFP Photo)

Captain Aaron Finch has said that Australia’s T20 squad is carrying no scars from the Test series defeat to Pakistan as they gear up for the series opener in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. After a thrilling draw in the first Test, Australia were pulverized inside four days in the second Test by Pakistan as they lost the two-match series 1-0.

Australia and Pakistan will now face-off in a three-T20I series begining Wednesday. Among the batsmen, Finch along with allrounder Mitchell Marsh, is the only member of the Australia Test squad who is also part of T20 side.

“There’s nine fresh guys that have come into our squad from the Test series, so there’ll be no baggage from them whatsoever. I think I’m the only batsman out of the top handful that was here for the Test series,” Finch was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “So I think in that regard they’re just going to come in and play their natural game. They’re all really good strikers of the ball, but I don’t think batting outweighs bowling in any way, I think your defensive bowling is the most important thing, along with your batting.”

Finch made his much-awaited Test debut earlier on the UAE tour and with strong performances, has left quite an impression. Apart from his own performance, Finch will take confidence from the arrival of several limited-overs stars including Chris Lynn who is making international comeback after injury layoff.

“[Lynn] played nicely [against UAE], being injured for quite a while it’s always a bit uncertain with Chris in the field, whether he’s diving and stuff like that, but from all reports he’s 100%, he says he’s feeling great at the moment, it’s great to have him back. We’ve also got Ben McDermott who made his debut yesterday and played really well towards the end of the innings. When you have new guys coming in it’s really exciting, particularly on their debut,” he said.

Pakistan are currently the No. 1 ranked T20I side in the world and Australia know their capabilities having been beaten by them earlier in the year in a tri-series also involving Zimbabwe. Finch insists that Pakiostan carry the tags of favourites for the three-T20I series so will be under some pressure.

“Both sides are pretty familiar with each other coming off that tri-series in July and also a Test series. There’s a lot of work that goes in from backroom staff and players individually preparing for each game and each series and each opponent individually, but as a collective there was some good knowledge on both sides from that tri-series. Their spinners play a big part in their plan as well, so we’re going to have to play well against them to be a chance and to win this series.”

“They’re all world-class players, they’re No. 1 in the world for a reason, and no doubts they go in with the favourite tag. So I think there’ll be more pressure on them than there will be on us,” he said.

Finch said taking wickets in the Powerplay over will dictate which team dominates and Australia have their plan in place to face Pakistan and predicted the series to be a close affair. “Teams who take wickets in the Powerplay tend to win games, and teams who when they get a team on the ropes really squeeze them I think goes a long way to winning the game. We’re going to have our game plans on how we approach it and how we plan out our game, so it’ll be an exciting three games. Both sides are very attacking, particularly in the Powerplay, both sides have plenty of power, so it’ll be a great series,” he said.