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Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch has clarified that the team was going through the transition after Steven Smith and David Warner were banned for one year due to the ball-tampering scandal. Finch has come up with the statement after former Australian skipper Michael Clarke had recently blamed the national team that they had sucked up Virat Kohli and Co. in the 2018-19 series as they wanted to keep their IPL contracts safe.
Finch added that everyone was trying to give their best and it was not easy against the pace bowling line-up of Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Shami, who ended with 48 wickets in the four-match series. The right-hander was asked to open but he could only muster 97 runs in the three-Test matches at a paltry average of 16.17.
Aaron Finch could not deliver the goods in 2018-19 series
On the other hand, Australian skipper Tim Paine and Pat Cummins had also disagreed with Clarke’s claims. In fact, there is no qualm that the Australian team was under the scrutiny after the ball-tampering scandal and they were trying their best to win back their fans.
Virat Kohli was vocal in his celebration but Australia had their hands cuffed behind their backs as the Australian cricket had hit an all-time low and the players could not afford to do any wrong.
“They were obviously not being nice to impress because they wanted an IPL contract. There is nothing about it. If you ask anyone playing on the field they will tell you that it was very very tough. It was played in right spirit but it was very tough. Not sure where it was coming from.”
“The team was going through a transition and there were a lot of players trying to find their way in international cricket and doing that against India. Talking as a batsman, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, and Ravichandran Ashwin, you can’t hide against that kind of attack,” Aaron Finch told Sports Tak.
Australia had their backs against the wall and they were trying to get back together after a huge setback in the Cape Town Test against South Africa.
Meanwhile, India will once again tour Down Under for the four-match Test series, which will also have a pink-ball Test match from December 11 at Adelaide Oval. The opening Test will take place at Gabba, Brisbane from December 3.
On the other hand, Aaron Finch will play alongside Indian captain Virat Kohli for the Royal Challengers Bangalore as he bought by the club for INR 4.4 crores in the IPL auctions.