Australia men’s team’s white-ball captain Aaron Finch feels the upcoming tours of Bangladesh and West Indies is a perfect opportunity for the team to secure their spot in the much-anticipated ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. The T20 World Cup is set to be held during the October-November window this year. Finch backed his players to give a selection-worthy performance.
“It’ll give the guys on this tour an opportunity to almost take their [World Cup] spots, I guess,” Finch said on Friday. “I think the great thing about Australian cricket at the moment is that the guys that are performing really well in BBL and domestic cricket, are the ones that are getting the opportunities.”
Australia is due to travel to West Indies for five T20Is and three ODIs, starting on July 9. Following this, they are set to play five T20Is in Bangladesh in early August. Australia.
Earlier this month, Australia announced a 23-member preliminary squad for the West Indies tour. They added six new additions to the, including some of their domestic players, while also handing call-ups to debutants such as fast bowler Wes Agar.
Last month the team announced an 18-member squad for the West Indies and Bangladesh tour.
“Playing cricket for Australia and doing well is the ultimate, in my opinion. So for guys to be on this tour to get the first opportunity to put their hand up and take that spot is what it’s about. It’s tough to ignore really good international performances,” Finch said of what was in store for the revamped squad.
“You have to go on current form. These conditions will be very similar to what we face in the T20 World Cup I imagine – especially St Lucia being used quite a lot and then Bangladesh being quite similar to India or UAE, wherever that lands.”
Finch also added that the Australian team’s core make-up for the T20 World Cup may change in comparison to before, since they would have to adapt to the different playing conditions. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the T20 World Cup was scheduled to be played in Australia in 2020. But it was then moved to India. However, it is likely to change again depending on the pandemic status of India as UAE is also in line to host the marquee event.
“It [team combinations] could change a lot,” Finch said. “That was based on the World Cup being in Australia and I thought our side in the lead-up to the original World Cup meant to be held here was really settled. You have to keep restructuring your side to gather more information. The more the wickets change and the more they go away from our traditional Australian wickets, the more we have to keep learning.”
Having missed the chance to win the ICC World Test Championship, Australia is now focused on the T20 World Cup. Finch said that it is one mega-event that has eluded them for a while.
“It’d be huge for Australian cricket. It’s been the one that’s eluded us for quite a while. We’ve been in good positions with really good teams but just haven’t quite clicked and got it right in the business of the T20 World Cup.
“It’s something we’ve been dreaming of. With back-to-back World Cups coming up, it’s a great opportunity to show our skills,” he added.