News – Supplied video obtained Friday, June 22, 2018 of Aaron Finch speaking to reporters at a press conference following Australia’s six-wicket defeat to England in the fourth ODI at Durham.
- (AAP VIDEO/Supplied/Cricket Australia)Thrust into the daunting position of coaching a below-par Australian side mere months after the gutting ball tampering saga in South Africa, the stoic former opening batsman could be in better places than 4-0 down in an ODI series on enemy soil.
- The Aussies, fielding a side without six regular one-day mainstays, were never the favourites going into the series against England, particularly with captain Steve Smith and deputy David Warner on the sidelines serving year-long bans.
- “Those players were still playing in Australia — Steve Smith, Warner, Cummins, Hazlewood (and) we won 4-1 there, and here it’s 4-0, so I think it’s very similar.”
- Australia’s replacement pace battery has copped an absolute beating in England, particularly at Trent Bridge, a match which saw the home side rack up a historic 481 total from its 50 overs.
- Despite the world-record pummelling in the field, spin veteran Nathan Lyon says the shattering experience in England will be good for Australia’s bowling stocks.