Australia vs West Indies, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Aaron Finch wary of 'dangerous' Windies, says it is important to get a good start

Australia captain Aaron Finch expects his side to face a very dangerous West Indies when the teams meet in a mouthwatering World Cup clash at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

Agence France-Presse, Jun 05, 2019 22:47:42 IST

Nottingham: Australia captain Aaron Finch expects his side to face a "very dangerous" West Indies when the teams meet in a mouthwatering World Cup clash at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

Reigning champions Australia started their title defence with a seven-wicket stroll against Afghanistan, while the West Indies' fast bowlers were especially impressive in skittling out Pakistan for just 105 on the way to a comfortable win at Trent Bridge.

Australia vs West Indies, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Aaron Finch wary of dangerous Windies, says it is important to get a good start

Australia captain Aaron Finch addresses a press conference. AFP

West Indies, with veteran opener Chris Gayle leading the way, have the run-scoring power to give an Australia side strong in both batting and bowling a run for their money.

"They're a very dangerous side and I think that whichever team comes out and executes it from the start of the game, I think it's important that you start really well, whether you bat or bowl first," Finch told reporters at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.

"Those first 10-over periods are going to be really crucial because we know how damaging the West Indies can be during that period. But equally, if we get off to a good start then we can start to try to get into our work a bit," the opening batsman added.

"I think if we're tentative and a bit stand-offish and wait for things to happen, that's when they can dominate you from the start."

Thursday's match sees Australia back at a Trent Bridge ground where England posted a one-day international record 481 for six against them last year.

"I think just before we turned up to the training yesterday (Tuesday), a few boys talked about their previous experiences here, which obviously haven't been overly pleasant," Finch admitted.

"But we're in the home change rooms, which is a first for everyone, which is nice.

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Updated Date: Jun 05, 2019 22:47:42 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254