Australia need some time to adapt to low, slow Caribbean surfaces: Aaron Finch

IANS, Jun, 09 2016

Georgetown (Guyana): Opener Aaron Finch has said Australia need to quickly come to grips with the slow, low Caribbean pitches but has backed them to bounce back during the remainder of the tri-nation series.

The One-Day world champions plunged to a 47-run defeat to South Africa at the Guyana National Stadium in Georgetown on Tuesday, after their batting collapsed for 142 in pursuit of 190 for victory.

Finch top-scored with 72 but was the only frontline batsman in double figures as his counterparts struggled to counter the Proteas’ combined pace and spin attack on a difficult track.

File photo of Australian opening batsman Aaron Finch. AP

File photo of Australian opening batsman Aaron Finch. AP

“I think that we can adjust. We’ve worked hard on it since we’ve landed here. The practice facilities at the back have been almost identical to how the middle has played,” Finch said on Wednesday.

“I think when you have wickets that are so foreign us, you’re going to take a little bit of time to adapt to them. And we know that teams are going to come with spin."

“Both South Africa and West Indies have a quality spin line-up. They are going to come and be aggressive with their spinners and that is something we are prepared for.”

Australia crumbled to 21 for three in the eighth over and never recovered despite Finch’s 103-ball knock, which included six fours and three sixes.

Seamer Kagiso Rabada was brilliant with three for 13 while fellow pacer Wayne Parnell, and spinners Imran Tahir and Aaron Phangiso all grabbed two wickets apiece.

Finch argued that on low pitches, spinners and seamers were equally dangerous.

“On wickets that are predominantly down (low), if you’ve got tall bowlers that hit the wicket hard, there can be just as much assistance for them as there is for spin,” he pointed out.

“I think you can probably get a little too focused on the spin having a big impact … and see the quicks as less of a threat. When the wickets are going down (playing low) like that, if someone is banging a hard length consistently and some are going on the ground and some are bouncing normally, it can be hard to play.”

All three teams struggled on the National Stadium pitch with none managing to get a total over 200 in any of the three matches.

And Finch conceded that once South Africa got up to their eventual score, a successful run chase was always going to be difficult.

“Chasing 190 on a wicket like that was always going to be tough. I think we probably needed one or two big partnerships to really kick us off,” Finch said.

“Three down early on was not ideal and we knew that as soon as the spin came on and new batters come in, it was going to be hard. It’s disappointing to lose but we can still take a lot out of it.”

He added: “It was nice to get a few runs. When you look up and you’ve only been done by 50-odd runs, it’s disappointing. I felt when I was batting there with Nathan (Lyon) that we could still get home. That was my responsibility and I got out so it’s disappointing.

“We still lost the game so it was disappointing. It doesn’t feel as good getting runs when you lose so you move on and you regroup. The players in our side are world class so no doubt they can turn that around.”

The tournament now moves to St. Kitts where Australia clash with South Africa at Warner Park on Saturday.

Published Date: Jun 09, 2016 | Updated Date: Jun 09, 2016



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115