ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Aaron Finch says Australia are not underestimating Sri Lanka; team not near its best yet

Australia are sitting comfortably at the second spot in the points table but skipper Aaron Finch believes that his team is yet to play its best cricket

Press Trust of India, Jun 14, 2019 21:02:00 IST

London: Australia is comfortably placed at the second spot on the points table with wins in three out of their four World Cup games but skipper Aaron Finch feels his team has played nowhere near to its potential. At the top of the order, Finch, David Warner and Steve Smith have hit the ground running with plenty of big scores.

However, the middle order has yet to fire. Marcus Stoinis's side strain which will keep him out of the Sri Lanka clash at the Oval on Saturday will not help matters. While in the bowling department, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc remain two of the world's best but apart from them, spots are still up for grabs. But with so much cricket still to come, Finch is confident that their best cricket is just around the corner.

"I don't think we have gone anything near our best which is still a good thing. We have six points on the board but are not playing anywhere near our best cricket which is a real positive," said Finch. "But as long as we are improving and continue to go up and not backwards, I think that is the key."

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Aaron Finch says Australia are not underestimating Sri Lanka; team not near its best yet

File image of Aaron Finch. Reuters

Australia's only loss has come against India. "You are coming up against a different opposition all the time. You don't get into a rhythm, there are different challenges every time. India was spin heavy through the middle, West Indies were all about pace through the middle." On the bowling side of things, Glenn Maxwell has become a key cog with his off-spin while Finch himself even turned his arm over at Taunton and claimed the key wicket of Mohammad Hafeez with a rank full toss.

Finch added, "Have I been working on my bowling? Not much! I'm just trying to land them! My bowling is not great, to be honest, it is pretty ordinary but I just got a bit lucky."

"When you play four specialist bowlers and rely on your fifth, what I would call a good part-timer is Maxy, he has shown last World Cup he was our spinner, he has shown he can do it. But it is tough without guys, especially all-rounders who balance out your side really well."

Other than Stoinis' side strain with Mitchell Marsh now in camp as a back-up should the all-rounder fail to recover, Australia is at full fitness.

But Finch is not going to be underestimating Sri Lanka adding, "You look down their side and there is a lot of experience there and world-class players."

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Updated Date: Jun 14, 2019 21:02:00 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