Aaron Finch comments on Warner’s comeback innings: Australia captain opened up on David Warner’s ODI comeback vs Afghanistan.
During the fourth match of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between Afghanistan and Australia at Bristol, Australia defeated Afghanistan by 7 wickets to commence their journey on an affirmative note.
Speaking during the post-match presentation ceremony, Australia captain Aaron Finch admitted being nervous ahead of their tournament opener. “There’s always a bit of nerves. Guys have been building up for this since a month now. Good to get a win and to get the on-field nerves away,” Finch was quoted as saying.
After Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib won the toss and chose to bat, Australia’s new ball bowlers made early inroads into the opposition’s batting lineup. As has been the trend in the last three matches, Australia bundled out the opposition on a below par total, 207 in 38.2 overs in this case.
Being asked about new ball bowlers’ role in the tournament, Finch said, “Wickets in the Powerplay are key for any side. Got a couple early and then they played well actually. A run out and a couple of wickets helped. Did lose it a bit at the end but overall, we did well.”
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Aaron Finch comments on Warner’s comeback innings
Opening the batting with David Warner, Finch scored his 22nd ODI half-century in a 96-run opening stand. Before getting out to a loose shot, Australia skipper scored 66 (49) with the help of six fours and four sixes. “Yeah, it felt good to get some runs and that was probably a ball [on which he got out] that I was waiting for, hence got a bit frustrated,” Finch said about his dismissal.
While Finch dominated the opening stand, Australian team management would be relieved to watch Warner putting the hard yards in during an innings where he gave the impression of struggling initially. Remaining unbeaten till the end, Warner scored 89* (114) with the help of eight fours.
“Extremely important. He was struggling initially but he hung on. It was always going to be difficult for the new batsman, so he got stuck in and then got rewarded,” Finch said about Warner’s Man of the Match innings.