Finch: CA issues hurting Australia performance

By Sports Desk November 08, 2018

Australia captain Aaron Finch believes recent troubles at the sport's national governing body could be impacting the team's performance.

A six-wicket loss to South Africa in Perth on Sunday marked Australia's seventh consecutive defeat in one-day internationals.

It comes with Cricket Australia (CA) under fire in the wake of the release of a cultural review, with chairman David Peever and director Mark Taylor leaving the organisation and high performance manager Pat Howard set to make an earlier-than-expected departure next week.

Finch, who has scored three ODI centuries in 2018, said the off-field issues may be hurting Australia's displays.

"When there are changes and there are things being said and written about, I think it's hard not to read it sometimes when it is everywhere," he told a news conference on Thursday.

"When we talk about confidence in the batting group, it's about not letting outside distractions affect your game and there's been a lot of media about Cricket Australia recently, a lot of media about our batting.

"But I think if you can put that to one side and focus on the next ball and really make sure that you're committed to watching the ball and being 100 per cent committed to your partnership, I think that'll go a long way to turning things around quickly."

Australia trail their three-match series against South Africa 1-0 heading into the second ODI in Adelaide on Friday.

The hosts were bowled out for just 152 in the opening game and Finch said his team needed to make minor adjustments to improve their batting.

"Not lose as many wickets – that's one way we can fix it, no doubt. It has been a concern in both shorter formats," he said.

"To get bowled out a couple of times in the UAE and then bowled out again the other day, I think it's been a bit of a theme unfortunately that we haven't batted our allotted overs a lot.

"I think it's just about summing up the conditions and probably using a bit more cricket smarts at times.

"There might be times when you have to go away from your natural game and play a little bit more of a defensive-type brand in terms of just getting through for time. I think they're the only small changes and it has been a theme for a while but it's not the end of the world, it's going to change."

Related items

  • Proteas rest Steyn and De Kock for opening ODIs Proteas rest Steyn and De Kock for opening ODIs

    Dale Steyn will not feature in South Africa's opening two one-day internationals against Pakistan to enable him to rest his troublesome shoulder.

    Steyn returned to international cricket 12 months ago after a year out through injury, but was only able to play three matches by October.

    He looked back to full fitness in the ODI series with Zimbabwe and played in all three 50-over matches against Australia in the closing months of 2018, taking seven wickets.

    A Test return came in the recent series with Pakistan, but an injury scare in the third match has seen the 35-year-old handed a rest.

    The impressive Duanne Olivier replaces him in the 14-man squad, with Aiden Markram also included at the expense of Quinton de Kock.

    Olivier took 24 wickets in the 3-0 series whitewash and will make his ODI debut if selected in Port Elizabeth for the first of five matches.

     

    South Africa squad for the first two ODIs: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Duanne Olivier, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Imran Tahir.

     

  • Bravo set to rejoin Windies Test squad after two-year absence Bravo set to rejoin Windies Test squad after two-year absence

    Out-of-favour batsman Darren Bravo is set to rejoin the Windies Test team for the first time in two years having been selected for the upcoming series against England.

    The 29-year-old Bravo has often been considered one of the region’s most promising prospects in the game’s longest format, an area that has seen the team struggle mightily in recent years.  Bravo, however, ran afoul of the cricket board in 2016 after a tweet that called CWI president Dave Cameron a ‘big idiot’ surfaced on his Twitter profile during a contract dispute.

    Following talks late last year the way was clear for the player to return to the unit and was recalled to the Windies one-day squad but was yet to be included in the longest format. 

    Bravo is expected to be joined by debutants John Campbell, a 26-year-old left-handed opener from Jamaica, and Shamarh Brooks, the former West Indies Under-19 captain. 

    Windies chairman of selectors Courtney Brown insisted on the back of disappointing tour of Bangladesh that the time was right for changes with the series coming up on home soil.

    "After a difficult Test Series in Bangladesh late last year the opportunity presents itself for our team to pick itself up," said Brown.

     "Although a tough series against England is anticipated, home turf has always been a place where our team has made strides."

  • Australia 3 Syria 2: Rogic breaks hearts with stoppage-time winner Australia 3 Syria 2: Rogic breaks hearts with stoppage-time winner

    Tom Rogic smashed home a stoppage-time winner to hand Australia an undeserved 3-2 win over Syria and dump Fajer Ibrahim's men out of the Asian Cup in heart-breaking fashion.

    Omar Al Soma looked to have given Syria a point, and hope of qualification, when he won and then converted an 80th-minute penalty but Rogic had the final say with a stunning left-foot drive that flashed past Ibrahim Alma with virtually the last kick of the game.

    Earlier, Awer Mabil and Chris Ikonomidis twice put Australia ahead only for Omar Khrbin and Al Soma to cap a spirited Syria display with equalisers.

SportsMax Zone

Latest Tweets

#Dinwiddie sinks 3-pointer from half-court logo! More #NBA 🏀 tonight as #Curry and the #Warriors play #Jokic and t… https://t.co/vrV7hn5UD8
#StephCurry dropped 48 pts including ELEVEN threes as the #Warriors triumphed over #Doncic and the #Mavs in #NBA🏀 a… https://t.co/kzRSYMwDUh
#Simeone reacts to #AtleticoMadrid win on Sunday. More #LaLiga continues today! Watch all season long LIVE via the… https://t.co/61EuUlY8yE
Follow SportsMax on Twitter
© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.