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Australia vs India 2020-21: Aaron Finch Points Out The Major Reason Of Their Recent Defeats

Before the beginning of the third and final T20I against India at Sydney, Australian captain Aaron Finch pointed out one of their major weak points for their recent home limited-overs defeats against India.

India are currently touring in Australia for the full-fledge international series (3-match ODI series, 3-match T20I series and 4-match Test series). After securing the ODI series by winning the first two games, Aaron Finch-led Aussie limited-overs sides failed to maintain that momentum and suffered three consecutive limited-overs defeats (1 ODI and 2 T20Is) against the visiting side Indian team, which also cost them the T20I series.

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No balls are something that’s killed us over the last few games: Aaron Finch

Before the third T20I of the three-match T20I series, Australia already suffered the T20I series defeat as the visitors won both the first two matches of that series. During the toss of the third T20I at Sydney on Tuesday (8th December), where Indian captain Virat Kohli chose to bowl first, Finch pointed their no-ball issue was one of the biggest reasons of their recent limited-overs defeats against India.

Aaron Finch, Australia, India
Aaron Finch (mage Credit: Google)

Finch said at the toss, “No balls are something that’s killed us over the last few games and we want to control that going forward. Somewhere around 190 is what we are after and you got to be careful as this is a tough ground to defend. We gonna give it all tonight.”

While the Aussie bowlers conceded 2 no-balls during each of the first two ODIs against India, they gifted a total of 3 no-balls during the third and final ODI of that series, where India finally managed to claim a victory. Meanwhile, during both the first two matches of the T20I series, Australian bowlers conceded a total of one no-ball in each game, and the visitors ultimately won both those matches.

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Australian T20I side (Image Credit: Twitter)

However, the hosts Australia finally returned to their winning fashion as they won the final T20I of the series by 12 runs. In that game, the Australian bowlers didn’t concede a single no-ball.

Australia vs India 2020-21: Mitchell Starc Pulled Out Of Final Two T20Is Due To Illness In Family
Mitchell Starc. Image Credit: Twitter.
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Australia vs India 2020-21: Mitchell Starc Pulled Out Of Final Two T20Is Due To Illness In Family

Australia has got another huge setback as their premier pacer Mitchell Starc has made himself unavailable for the last two T20I matches against India, which are scheduled on Sunday and Tuesday. After being fully backed by Australia’s head coach Justin Langer, he has returned home due to an unspecified family illness.

With Pat Cummins’ already being rested for the T20I series, Mitchell Starc’s ouster has made Australia’s bowling side more weaker. Their chances to win the penultimate T20I match has narrowed down while they have already lost the first T20I where Starc picked two wickets and conceded 34 runs in his four-over.

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Mitchell Starc. Image Credit: Twitter.

Justin Langer respected Michell Starc’s decision to be with his family while stated that they will wait for his return.

“There is nothing in the world more important than family and in this case Mitch is no exception,” said Australia head coach Justin Langer said in a statement.

“We will give Mitch all the time he needs and welcome him back into the squad with open arms whenever he feels the time is right for him and his family.”

Mitchell Starc’s absence a benefit for India:

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Mitchell Starc. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Notably, Mitchell Starc has also not featured in the third ODI because of back and rib niggles. India had won that match by 13 runs.

Apart from Starc, Australia’s team is plagued with injuries. Their batting mainstay David Warner is already out because of a groin injury which they sustained during the second ODI. The star all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has also sustained a side injury and has only played the first ODI. Moreover, the team’s captain Aaron Finch is also doubtful after he suffered a hip or glute injury. His availability for the second T20I has not been confirmed.

Meanwhile, Mitchell Starc is also an important player for the Test series which will begin after the completion of the T20I series. It will be interesting to see whether the prominent pacer will be available to play in that series.

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Aaron Finch Becomes Second Fastest Australian To Complete 5000 ODI Runs

During the early period of the opening game of the three-match home ODI series against the visitors India, Australian white-ball captain Aaron Finch becomes the second-fastest Australian batsman to complete 5000 ODI runs.

The three-match ODI series started on Friday (27th November), while Sydney Cricket Ground (Sydney) is hosting this series opener. Aussie captain Aaron Finch chose to bat first after winning the toss in this day/night match.

Before this match, Finch already managed to score 4983 ODI runs in 125 ODI innings (129 ODI matches) with an average of 40.84, including 16 centuries and 27 fifties (highest score 153*). So, the right-handed batsman was 17 runs away to complete his 5000 ODI runs.

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Aaron Finch (Image Credit: Getty Images)

During the sixth over of the match, Finch completed his 5000 ODI runs after picking up a single that helped him to reach the 17 runs mark in the game. The 34-year-old Finch completed his 5000 ODI runs in 126 ODI innings (130 ODI matches).

After completing his 5000 ODI runs in 126 ODI innings, Finch became the second-fastest Australian batsman to complete 5000 ODI runs by putting behind Dean Jones (completed 5000 ODI runs in 128 ODI innings). His opening partner David Warner is holding the record of fastest Australian to complete 5000 ODI runs as the left-handed batsman reached this milestone in only 115 ODI innings.

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Aaron Finch (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Top 5 fastest Australian batsmen to complete 5000 ODI runs

Player ODI innings took to complete 5000 ODI runs
David Warner 115
Aaron Finch 126
Dean Jones 128
Matthew Hayden 133
Michael Bevan 135

Fastest to complete 5000 ODI runs: Aaron Finch equalled the record of Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly, 5000 ODI runs
Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Google)

In overall, Aaron Finch equalled the record of former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, who also completed 5000 ODI runs in 126 ODI innings. In the record book of fastest to 5000 ODI runs, both Finch and Ganguly are jointly standing in the 13th position.

Also, Finch became the 16th Australian cricketer and 10th Australian right-handed batsman to complete 5000 ODI runs.

Aaron Finch becomes the 5th Australian opener to complete 5000 ODI runs

On the other hand, ahead of this match, Aaron Finch was 37 runs away to complete his 5000 ODI runs as an opener. He stretched the ongoing Sydney ODI innings to 37 runs and completed 5000 ODI runs as an Aussie opener in 124 ODI innings. Finch became the fifth Australian opening batsman to complete 5000 ODI runs.

Australian openers with 5000 ODI runs

Player Runs scored
Adam Gilchrist 9176
Matthew Hayden 5892
Mark Waugh 5729
David Warner 5351
Aaron Finch 5077

(updated till 27th November 2020)

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Alex Carey: Training Sessions Break Monotony Of Being Alone

Alex Carey, wicketkeeper said that despite many of Australia’s cricketers have not seen their families for months while playing under novel coronavirus protocols like bio bubbles and quarantine norms, they remain in good spirits as they prepare to meet India over the home summer for 3 ODIs, 3 T20Is and 4 Tests.

Alex Carey and some of his Australian teammates are midway through a two-week quarantine period in Sydney after returning home last week after the conclusion of Indian Premier League 2020, which was played in a bio-secure bubble in the United Arab Emirates.

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IPL 2020 winners Mumbai Indians
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Alex Carey: Locked In Rooms And No Contact With Any One Else

Having arrived Down Under on the same day as the Australian cricketers, the Indian team are in the same boat, and both sides will straight go to the field in the first one-day international at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Nov. 27, the day after completing quarantine.

Alex Carey said that training sessions are the players’ only break from the monotony of being alone in their hotel rooms, so they are practising with more vigour and energy besides excitement.

“It’s really strict – which is good,” the 29-year-old told reporters of quarantine in a video call from his room.

“Once we’re back in the hotel from training we’re locked in our rooms. No contact with anyone else,” said he.

Tim Paine
Tim Paine (Image Credit: Getty Images)

“At 9 a.m., we’re really excited to get out of the hotel and head to training which brings a lot of energy to group sessions,” said the wicket-keeper.

“Everyone’s staying really tight on that, we understand that (with) the summer coming up, doing everything right is what we have to do,” he said.

Australia has largely brought the coronavirus pandemic to a possible end with stringent rules but a recent outbreak in Alex Carey’s hometown of Adelaide has caused scare again for the series-opening Test against India in the South Australian capital which is now in jeopardy and may be shifted.

A number of Australia squad players, including Test captain Tim Paine, played in Sheffield Shield matches in Adelaide last week and have been ordered to isolate after returning to their home states.

Alex Carey: Joining Bubble To See Mates

Alex Carey’s teammates in Big Bash League side Adelaide Strikers are expected to fly to New South Wales state on Tuesday for a hastily arranged camp to avoid being stuck in South Australia if the outbreak escalates and travel restrictions return again.

His wife, Eloise, and two-year-old son Louis have also jumped on a plane bound to Sydney, said Alex Carey, who looks forward to seeing them for the first time in almost three months once quarantine protocols are finally cleared.

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Until then, teammates and staff are his main support.

“The relationships we have in this group are something that we’re all falling back on,” he said.

“Joining this little bubble here we get to see our mates and familiar faces. All the guys here are really strong from all the indicators that I’ve seen,” he concluded.

Several Australian members named in squad participated in Sheffield Shield like Will Pucovski, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Sean Abbott, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc.

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Steve Smith Ready To Feature In IPL If T20 World Cup 2020 Gets Postponed

Australian batting stalwart Steve Smith is keen to feature in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 if the ICC T20 World Cup, scheduled in October and November in Australia, gets postponed.

Australia has begun the training sessions from today (June 1) as they are scheduled to host the bilateral series from August. Steve Smith attended the training camp with David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, and other top cricketers. After returning from practice, he was inquired about his interest to play IPL.

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Steve Smith and Jofra Archer. Image Credit: Getty Images.

The Rajasthan Royals captain, Steve Smith, showed the willingness to play the T20 league but said that at last, the decision would lie in the hands of the Australian government. He said that he has nothing in his control and do what is told by the authorities.

“I think when you’re playing for your country at a World Cup, that’s the pinnacle for one-day or T20 cricket, so of course I’d prefer to play in that,” Smith said after returning to training with the New South Wales squad on Monday.

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Steve Smith with his RR teammates. Image Credit: BCCI/IPL.

“But if that doesn’t happen and the IPL’s there, and they postpone it, then so be it. IPL’s also a terrific tournament as a domestic tournament,” Smith went on to say.

“So that’s out of everyone’s control at the moment, players are just doing what we’re told and going where we need to go and playing whatever’s on at that stage,” Smith added.

As per reports, Cricket Australia wrote to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to postpone the T20 World Cup to 2021. The governing body has said that the final decision would be taken in boards meeting on June 10.

Meanwhile, Australia would play the first ODI series against Zimbabwe in August since the last match played in March. They will also host West Indies, Afghanistan, New Zealand, and India if everything goes according to the plan.

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Steve Smith. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Steve Smith Shares His Experience As Australia Resume Training

Australia’s national cricketers Steve Smith, David Warner, and Mitchell Marsh were seen training in the Sydney Olympic Park on Monday. The Aussies cricketers resumed the cricket activities after three months because of the global pandemic. The former captain Smith opines how the extended break will affect a player’s game in the long run.

Steve Smith last played the ODI match against New Zealand at home before the series was postponed because of the outbreak of the virus. Since then, the unorthodox-batsman has not played a competitive game. In the past couple of months, he has kept himself busy by running and gyming at home.

“I’m probably in the best shape I’ve been in in years, doing lots of running, lots of gym stuff at home. It’s been a couple of months of good hard work,” Smith was quoted as saying by the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.

I haven’t touched the bat: Steve Smith

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Steve Smith. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Interestingly, Steve Smith, who is famous for shadow batting, has revealed that he has not touched the bat during the lockdown period. He took a break from batting to focus and refresh mentally and physically on his health. The right-hand batsman said that the three-month rest period was a good thing for him to freshen up after having busy scheduled last year.

“I haven’t touched a bat, really. A couple of little drills at home but that’s about it. I’ve just tried to switch off from it a bit, which I don’t do very often. I was just focusing on getting myself fit and strong and refreshing mentally,” he said.

Steve Smith, Coronavirus
Steve Smith (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

“It’s been a bit different but I’m sure in the long run it will probably be a good thing to freshen up after a pretty long year and a half since the World Cup and Ashes.”

Notably, the smallest continent, Australia, is among the least infected areas, with 7000 positive cases being reported.

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9 Out Of 10: CA CEO Kevin Roberts On India’s Chances To Tour Australia

With the future becoming uncertain because of the outbreak of coronavirus, Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer Kevin Roberts has rated the chances of India touring Australia later this year. He said there is a nine out of ten chance of India touring to play the four-match Test series Down Under.

Cricket Australia (CA) is currently under financial stress, and the majority of CA staff had to face pay cuts. It is to be noticed the Australian board would be having a loss of AUD 300 million if the Men in Blue don’t tour Australia. So, Roberts is positive about India’s tour, which would be significant to boost their financial condition.

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Team India. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“I guess there’s no such thing as certainty in today’s world so I can’t say 10 (out of 10), but I’m going to say nine out of 10,” Roberts told News Corp.

“With the variable being, who would know whether we can have crowds … I’d be really surprised if we can’t get the Indian tour away.

“But I wouldn’t, hand on heart suggest we’ll have full crowds from the start. We’ll just have to see how that goes,” the under-pressure chief executive said.

Australia can tour England: Kevin Roberts

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Kevin Roberts is willing to send the team to tour England, but he didn’t want to compromise the health of the players. He would wait and watch on how England execute Pakistan and West Indies tour in terms of health safety measures. And only after which, he would take any decision.

“I think there’s some chance we could send a team over,” Roberts said.

“Obviously we won’t jeopardise the safety of the players, but the best test of that is that the West Indian and Pakistan tours of England before we’re due to tour. We hope they go off without a hitch,” Roberts said.

The T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia is under dilemma because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The mega event is likely to postpone for next year.

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Ricky Ponting Calls His Bat ‘Baby’; Shares Its Picture On Social Media

Former cricketer Ricky Ponting is the highest centurion for Australia. So far, no Australian has surpassed his record of 71 international century. On Tuesday, the former captain shared the picture of the bat with which he has scored the most number of international centuries.

Taking to Twitter, Ponting, who has played 168 Test matches and 375 ODIs, shared the picture of the bat, calling it a baby. After scoring five centuries with that bat, Ponting wrote that it is now ripped.

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Ricky Ponting. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“Five international hundreds with this baby, four of them against South Africa. The 120 and 143* were made in my 100th Test at the SCG. And the 164 was made in the famous 434 v 438 ODI at the Wanderers. Used it for as long as I could and as you can see it’s pretty worn out.

Ricky Ponting has managed to play the most memorable knock with this bat against South Africa. In 2006, he scored 164 runs and led Australia to set a mammoth total of 434 runs in an ODI match. However, his effort went into vain as the Proteas chased down the total and scripted history.

Ponting has 41 Tests and 30 ODI centuries in his illustrious career. In Tests, he has 13378 runs at an average of 51.85. He is the second-highest run-getter in the history of the longest format of the game. He has also collected 13704 runs in ODIs at an average of 42.03.

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Ricky Ponting. Image Credit: Getty Images.

The 45-year-old has been part of three World Cup triumphs of Australia, in which, he has led the team two World Cup victories in 2003 and 2007.  He also led Australia to ICC Champions Trophy victory twice in a row, in 2006 and 2009.

After retiring from international cricket in 2012, he has been doing commentary occasionally. Currently, he is the head coach of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Capitals.

IPL Experience will benefit Moises Henriques, says Marsh
IPL Experience will benefit Moises Henriques, says Marsh
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Moises Henriques Reveals Why He Tried To Attempt Suicide In 2017

Australia all-rounder Moises Henriques has finally disclosed his fight with depression which disturbed his mood a few years ago. He also went on to reveal how he failed to cope with mental health issues where he also contemplated committing suicide during a Sheffield Shield game.

However, it was due to his closed ones, Moises Henriques decided against attempting suicide and made the right decision. During a recent podcast, Henriques said that if anyone googles about symptoms of depression, then he was having every snippet of it in the year 2017.

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Moises Henriques. (Credits – Twitter)

I lost about 10 kg weight in four weeks: Moises Henriques

The 33-year-old Aussie international also opened up that he was going through a very tough phase where he lost 10 kg weight in four weeks.

“If you looked up the depression symptoms on Google, I was ticking off every single one of them, and quite severely. I lost about ten kilos in maybe four weeks. I went from 98 kilos to 88 kilos in the space of four weeks,” Moises Henriques told Neroli Meadows on the Ordineroli Speaking Podcast.

Moises Henriques had recalled an instance from a Sheffield Shield game where he won the toss and opted to bowl against Tasmania at Bankstown Oval. According to Henriques, he expected a greener top where the bowlers will get assistance from the track, but that didn’t turn out as expected.

The batting team declared their side on day two after posting 450 runs on the scoreboard. He also added that in the 1st innings his side was struggling at 90/5. Besides, he failed to make his presence count on the pitch where he got out after scoring only 20 runs.

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Moises Henriques. Credits: Twitter

When Moises Henriques shed tears in the car

Henriques also repeated that while going back home at the end of Day-2, he was driving his car at extreme speed and also planned to go and bang it into a poll. However, the consequences stopped him from taking the drastic step.

Afterwards, he started shedding tears in the car. “I won the toss at Bankstown Oval in a Shield game against Tasmania, and we elected to bowl on what I thought was going to be a green seamer. At the end of the day, they were 2/290. Come day two, they get 450, declare, and we’re 5/90 going into the end of day two. I got out for like 20-odd.

“I remember driving down the M5 back home, doing 110 km/h, and I remember thinking to myself in the car, ‘If I just ran straight into this pole here, what would happen? What would be the consequence of what would happen?’ I can’t do that. It’s not fair on my brothers, it’s not fair on [my partner] and it’s not fair on all these people who are there for me. I can’t leave my team with ten men for the next two days. Also, I ended up having to pull over because I was crying so heavily and I was shaking. I had to pull over, just took five minutes,” the cricketer said.

In the recent past, cricketers have been finding it really hard to deal with mental health issues. This particular issue came to light after Glenn Maxwell took an indefinite break from international cricket during the T20I series between Australia and Sri Lanka.

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Australia Were Without Steve Smith, David Warner: Waqar Younis on India’s Historic Test Series Win

Former Pakistan cricketer Waqar Younis has said that India won the Test series in Australia last year because the two crucial members Steve Smith and David Warner were missing in Australia’s team. However, he reiterated that he is not taking away credit from dominating India.

The Indian team first time managed to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia in Australia in 2018. It was a remarkable achievement under Virat Kohli’s captaincy. At that time, ex-captain Smith and Warner were serving their ban period respectively because of the ball-tampering scandal which unfolded during their South Africa tour back in 2018. They were banned for one year each by Cricket Australia  (CA).

Australia was under turmoil: Waqar Younis on India’s historic Test series triumph

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I am not trying to take away any credit from India: Waqar Younis

Waqar believes that when India won the four-match Test series, Australia was going under a turmoil and there were problems in their dressing room. However, he credited India Virat Kohli-led side played well but insisted the absence of star players did make a difference in the series.

“I am not trying to take away any credit from India, they played well and they are a very good side. But yes at the same time when they won in Australia, there is no doubt that Australian cricket was going through a turmoil and there were problems in their dressing room. And they were without Steve Smith and David Warner,” Waqar said during a video conference.

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Well, this year also India will tour Australia to play the Test series in November after the T20 World Cup 2020 which is scheduled in October. And this time, Warner and Smith are back in the team. So, it will be interesting to see whether India will retain the trophy in Australian soil.

But there might be a threat of the cancellation of the series because of the spread of the coronavirus.

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