Australia’s Aaron Finch cannot wait for ‘great’ contest against New Zealand | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Australia captain Aaron Finch predicted a “great rivalry” against New Zealand in Sunday’s final as trans-Tasman rivals fight to win their first Twenty20 World Cup title.
Finch said his team must focus on the whole match because he expects Williamson’s men to fight to the end in Dubai.
“Whenever you play New Zealand, you know how great a competition it’s going to be, you know they’re so organized in all three areas of the game,” Finch told reporters on Saturday.
“They’re a team where if you want to cross the line you have to stay for 40 overs. They’re a great team. They’re really good to lead Ken and he did it brilliantly.
“They seem to walk a long way in any kind of competition and frustrate you. That’s what we’ve learned about New Zealand over the years. They fight and scrap in any situation.”
It would be a rematch of the 2015 50-over World Cup title that Australia won, but Finch felt there was little to choose from among Sunday’s finalists.
“I think both teams fit really well with the same structure when it comes to powerplay bowling,” he said. “In the powerplay with the ball, New Zealand is clearly the dominant team in the World Cup.
“Both teams have good spin options. It should be a great competition. It always is. So yes, we can’t wait.”
After losing five consecutive Twenty20 series, Australia can hardly point to their unstable buildup as a potential World Cup finalist.
Finch says his team has been able to stick to their plan and play to their strengths.
“You have to be in it to win it. I think it’s something you want to give yourself a chance to win a world event, and winning the ICC Trophy is really special,” Finch said.
“So yes, we’re really proud of where we are at the moment and where we came from. And we have to go one step further.”


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