Melbourne: Australia, who did not play their best game last year, is playing a brilliant cricket this year including in the ongoing World Cup. Skipper Aaron Finch has credited coach Justin Langer for their resurgence.
“JL (Langer) definitely played a part in it,” Cricket.com.au quoted Finch, as saying, while talking about their comeback ODI cricket.
Australia has won five matches in the premier tournament and sits on the second position on the points table.
Finch also admitted that they are ‘improving nicely’ as they have been playing good cricket with both bat and ball.
“You can go down the route of picking a T20-based side and hope for the best for 50 overs but in a World Cup, I’m not sure that was going to be the right way to go about it,” he said.
“I think we’ve got the balance well and truly right, we’re playing some really good cricket with bat and ball, we’re fielding really well … Overall we’re improving nicely,” he added.
Ahead of the premier tournament, every cricket enthusiast was expecting that in this edition of the World Cup, teams racking up big totals will be a regular thing.
However, after the conclusion of 30 matches, only in a few matches fans witnessed big totals.
Finch said: “There was a lot of talk about huge runs and huge run chases but we haven’t seen that yet. I think that is a reflection of a bit of World Cup pressure as well.”
“In a bilateral series, you can throw caution to the wind at times, but when two points are so valuable each and every game it’s tough to really free up and play that really high-risk game,” he added.
Australia will face England on June 25.