<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/australia/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Australia</a> skipper <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/aaron-finch/news/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Aaron Finch</a> hopes his team carry the momentum of a series win in India to their five-match series against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/pakistan/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pakistan</a> starting in Sharjah from Friday. <p></p> <p></p>The Pakistan series is the last chance for Australia to fill any gapes before they defend their title in the World Cup starting in UK from May 30. <p></p> <p></p>Finch hopes his team keeps improving. <p></p> <p></p>"It is about trying to maintain our momentum that we got in India," said Finch of the 3-2 come from behind win earlier this month - Australia's first series win in India since 2009. (<strong>READ:</strong> <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/pakistan-vs-australia-2019-1st-odi-illness-hit-australia-meet-new-look-pakistan-in-sharjah-817225" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Illness-hit Australia meet new-look Pakistan in Sharjah</a>) <p></p> <p></p>The win in India - after six consecutive one-day series defeats - was a boost for the Australia team who lost two key players - skipper Steven Smith and opener David Warner - to bans for ball tampering last year. (<strong>READ: </strong><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/australia-cricket-news-aaron-finch-ready-to-give-up-opening-slot-at-world-cup-817210" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Aaron Finch ready to give up opening slot at World Cup</a>) <p></p> <p></p>"I think since we played South Africa in Australia we have got better and better," said Finch of the 2-1 series defeat in November las year. "I think we are starting to get a real clear strategy in a real game plan and how we want to play one-day cricket and it is just about making sure that we continue in that way." <p></p> <p></p>Smith and Warner were available for the last two one-day matches of this series after their one-year bans expire on March 29 but they were reintegrated with the team in United Arab Emirates (UAE) before leaving to play in the Indian Premier League. <p></p> <p></p>Pakistan are also in the build-up for the World Cup, having <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/pakistan-vs-australia-2019-sarfraz-ahmed-rested-shoaib-malik-to-lead-pakistan-in-australia-series-812338" target="_blank" rel="noopener">rested six key players</a> - skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi - to get them fresh for the mega event. <p></p> <p></p>But Finch is not ready to take a new-look Pakistan lightly. <p></p> <p></p>"I think Pakistan has obviously played in these conditions for a long time," said Finch of Pakistan who have not beaten Australia in a bilateral series since 2002, losing the last five series. <p></p> <p></p>Pakistan also have just one win against Australia from the last ten one-day internationals. "We cannot take them lightly in any form of the game at any time. They are a highly skilled and talented team and so we are definitely giving them as much respect as what we gave India," said Finch. <p></p> <p></p>Pakistan's stand-in skipper <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/shoaib-malik/news/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Shoaib Malik</a> is confident conditions in UAE - where Pakistan have been playing their home matches since 2009 attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore - will favour his team. <p></p> <p></p>"Every series is tough but it's a good opportunity for young players," said Malik. "Australia will be high on morale but we should have an advantage of the conditions." <p></p> <p></p>Pakistan are likely to give a one-day cap to opener Shan Masood after a good Test series in South Africa while either 18-year-old Mohammad Hasnain or Mohammad Abbas will supplement Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan and Faheem Ashraf in the pace attack. <p></p> <p></p>The remaining matches will be played in Sharjah (March 24), Abu Dhabi (March 27) and Dubai (March 29 and 31).