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Australia have called up former Australian skipper Steve Waugh for advice as they are preparing for the World Cup quarter-final against Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval on Friday.
The 49 years old, an experienced of 4 World Cups and part of the winning team twice in 1987 and as skipper in 1999, had a dinner meeting with the entire team on Tuesday night and was also present at the nets on Wednesday.
Opening batsman Aaron Finch disclosed that it was good to sit down over dinner with him and just chat about cricket and World Cups. He has obviously captained a winning team and played in another one as well. There are not many better-potentiated cricketers to talk to about that. Players just threw a few questions at him.
Aaron Finch, a hard-hitting opening batsman said Steve Waugh told them playing and doing well, under pressure was hoped from international squads particularly when it came to a knock-out match like the one on Friday. The beauty with their squad is that they do not fear losing. It is a knock-out, but as soon as they worried about losing a match they tighten up and they do not play with their natural talent.
Steve Waugh was great with his tips last night. He said there is a reason why there is pressure because they are hoped to perform and they are hoped to do well.
So they are excited about that challenge and they are not fazed about losing.
Finch said he sought out Waugh to discuss batting strategies following a lean trot after glorious 135 runs off 128 balls in the opening game against England.
He was quoted saying: “I felt like I have been playing nicely in the nets. It has not translated into runs over the past couple of games but I’m not too bothered about it. Getting the hundred in the first game against England gives you confidence going into a big game. There was a huge build-up to that first clash. I’m still very confident going into Friday.“
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