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India matches up well against us: Finch

Since his hundred in Australia’s first game of the tournament, Aaron Finch has had a poor World Cup.

Scores of 14, 4, 24, 20, and 2 do not inspire confidence and so when Ricky Ponting wrote in his column for an Australian newspaper that Finch “looks to be the only Aussie batsman not in complete control of his game,” it did not raise any eyebrows.

“Whenever you don’t get runs, it (the pressure) does build up,” Finch admitted here on Tuesday.

“Whatever happens on Thursday will happen. I’m not someone who analyses it a hell of a lot. In terms of what Ricky said, I hadn’t heard that, but he’s got his own opinions. When you look down our batting list, everyone has been playing beautifully and I’m probably the only one who has missed out in the last couple of games. I’m confident going into this game. I’ve got no reason not to be. I’m hitting the ball nicely and I’m looking for some big runs.”

Australia will hope Finch rediscovers his form ahead of Thursday’s World Cup semifinal against India here. In the nets, he was seen working for a long time with batting coach Michael di Venuto and former Australia allrounder Andrew McDonald, a good friend of his.

The 28-year-old felt India’s unsuccessful summer would have no bearing on the match. “They’re a team that have played beautifully throughout this World Cup, undefeated so far,” he said.

“They’ve grown in confidence all through. When you look down our team we match up quite well, they match up well against us too. In terms of psychological stuff, they’ve been playing well. So have we. Guys move on pretty quickly from that kind of stuff.”

Biggest fixture

Finch, who made his ODI debut only two years ago, felt the fixture was the biggest of his career.

“It’s going to be huge. It’s obviously the biggest game I’ve ever played. We’ve played some great cricket over the last two years and there’s no reason we’re not going to go into this game confident. I think we’ve got every right to be,” he said.

Steve Waugh spent time with the squad last week, but Finch denied he had delivered any motivational speech. “No, there was no pep talk,” he said. “He just came to dinner and he chatted about his experiences in World Cups. He’s captained one and played in the 1987 World Cup as well. It was a great chance just to talk about cricket in general.

“There was no sit-down, structured format of Steve giving us a chat. It was pretty basic and just nice to sit down over dinner and beer to talk about that stuff.”

Formal or informal, Finch and Australia will hope his words have an uplifting effect on their performance.

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