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‘Lot of people had written us off’ : Aaron Finch optimistic about Australia claiming maiden 20-20 WC title

By BetBarter Staff

November 13, 2021

Australia and New Zealand will battle it out in the final of the 20-20 World Cup. Both teams have been deprived of the title as of yet but one of them will get to hold the cup for the first time. Australia have an outstanding record in global events but their form in the build-up to the showpiece event wasn't that great. They had lost two series against West Indies and Bangladesh and most of the players who participated in the IPL didn't look comfortable. However, Australia turned things around and reached the finals for the second time.

Finch said that people had written Australia off but the team had quality and depth to outperform other teams in the tournament, adding that reaching the final does not come as a surprise to them.

"It wasn't unexpected. We came here with a clear plan to try and win this tournament. We always felt that we have the depth and quality to do that," Finch said on the eve of Sunday's final.

"Lot of people had written us off from the start, so it has been really impressive the way we have gone about our business. Everyone has prepared really well and had match-defining performances at some point, the guys are up and about for tomorrow," Finch said.

"We had a lot of confidence within, we were confident about how we were preparing, our strategy was coming together. So it has not defied expectations, we came with a clear plan to win the tournament and we still feel we have the squad to do that."

Finch struggled against Shaheen Afridi and was dismissed for a first-ball duck. The skipper has not been in the best of form. Finch accepted that it won't be easy against Boult and Southee but said that he is feeling good with the way he has been batting in the nets.

"That was a good ball. Any time it nips back a little bit is where I am probably most vulnerable," he said.

"So that would be another challenge with Trent Boult's left-arm swing and Tim Southee who can swing the ball away and also knocks it off the seam and slides it a little bit. I had a really good hit in the training, so feeling good going into tomorrow."

Australia have never won the 20-20 World Cup but Finch feels Australia can script history in the final. "Absolutely, it is one that has eluded us in the past and the fact that we are in the finals, it gives us a great opportunity to rectify that," he said.

"It will be a great game, New Zealand is a great team, they have been to all finals over the last six years, so looking forward to it."