Aaron Finch says Australia have great ability to play well in big tournaments; adds they are never true underdogs

Aaron Finch, referring to Australia's come-from-behind 3-2 win over hosts India in the five-match ODI series earlier this month, said his team is going to be tough to beat at 2019 World Cup.

Press Trust of India, Mar 22, 2019 22:56:22 IST

Dubai: Australia's recent ODI series triumph over world no. 1 India shows that the five-time champions are no underdogs going into the World Cup, said skipper Aaron Finch, insisting that his team is capable of lifting the coveted trophy.

"People no doubt have taken notice (of the India series win)," said Finch referring to Australia's come-from-behind 3-2 win over hosts India in the five-match ODI series earlier this month.

File image of Aaron Finch. AP

File image of Aaron Finch. AP

"Australia are probably never true underdogs in a world tournament. I think our record suggests that. Regardless of form you go into the tournament (knowing) Australia have a great ability to play well in big tournaments.

"(We are) slightly underdogs but I think some people would have taken a bit more notice over the last couple of weeks."

The ODI series saw the resurgence of Australia as they fought back from 0-2 down to clinch the series.

Many Australian players also marked their return to form during the series with Usman Khawaja staking claim for an opening slot at the World Cup, starting May 30 in UK, by hitting two centuries and Finch, who has been going through an extended lean patch, scoring a 93 in Ranchi.

The likes of Glenn Maxwell and Peter Handscomb also dished out splendid performances as the selectors decided to retain the same squad for their ongoing series in the UAE against Pakistan.

Updated Date: Mar 22, 2019 22:56:22 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
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2
Chennai
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3
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4
Hyderabad
9 5 4 0 10
5
Punjab
10 5 5 0 10
6
Kolkata
10 4 6 0 8
7
Rajasthan
10 3 7 0 6
8
Bangalore
10 3 7 0 6
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