Australia’s recent T20I form has been simply woeful. The Kangaroos have now lost their previous 5 T20I encounters on the trot, and the side seems to be on the backfoot, with the ICC World T20 barely a week away.

In the first T20I against South Africa at Durban, the Australians got off to a spectacular start. At one stage it seemed that the visitors would inch their way towards a total in excess of 200.

However, a collapse in the middle overs, triggered by the energetic Imran Tahir ripped apart Australia. Aaron Finch, who top scored for Australia with 40, admitted that the ego of the Australian batsmen was to be blamed for the loss. “I think there were some times when our ego probably took over a little bit,” Finch said.

“When you’re playing against a quality spinner on a wicket that’s assisting him, we probably had to play a little bit smarter. Myself included – if I hit that full toss for six it could be a different scenario, you get Imran Tahir on the back foot. “But we know once he gets his tail up and he’s got some new batters to bowl to, he’s a hell of a bowler and someone who is tough to get away,” Finch added.

“The way that we bowled with the new ball, the way we took wickets in the first six overs,” Finch said. “When we go back, our last three games against India we struggled to get wickets at all, let alone at the top of the innings.

To knock over a couple early was a real positive and allowed us to get into that middle order, who played beautifully in the end. I think that’s one thing that we’ll take, a real lot of confidence with the new ball there,” he added.