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ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2019
“We’ve been really, really clear with the players that we want everyone to be adaptable and be ready to go at any situation” © Getty
On Wednesday, Pakistan won’t be the only opposition Australia will be up against. The World Cup seems to be stuck in a rut of bad weather, with the three matches washed out in a week’s time, and Taunton might just be the casualty this time. “Light rain showers and a gentle breeze,” is what BBC Weather puts the forecast as.
Pakistan have already been on the receiving end against Sri Lanka, when persistent rains denied them two points they looked favourites for. Australia have had three results in three games, but might actually need to come face to face with rain tomorrow. What will change in Australia’s preparation? “You never bank on rain or anything like that. You always prepare for the full 50-overs and then you work on the spot,” Australia captain Aaron Finch said on Tuesday.
“Your team might change if it’s a really delayed start or something like that. Everyone just has to be prepared to shuffle their roles around. And be really adaptable and that’s one thing we’ve been really, really clear with the players that we want everyone to be adaptable and be ready to go at any situation. If you change the batting order, everyone would be called upon to bowl. So you always prepare as well as you can for the full 50, and if it changes it’s just a daily thing,” he added.
Though Finch isn’t willing to get sucked into a game plan specific for rain-affected matches, he realizes the importance of washouts and shared points, and why it’s important to get a few wins early on the board.
“I think it might play a huge part in the next few days, I think. Next week it starts to fine up and looks good across the country for the remainder of the tournament,” Finch said. “But it’s important that you get early wins on the board because if they do play a part you don’t want to be on the wrong end of a couple of washouts that might leave you just outside that top four.”
One thing the wet weather across the country has done is add life to the pitches. Scores in excess of 400, if not 500, were expected throughout the tournament but racking up 300 on the board has proved difficult. What’s proving to be another detriment to run scoring are the used pitches, which will feature in a long tournament such as this.
“I think there’s just been enough rain around and enough for the wickets to have a little bit in them,” Finch said. “And there’s a couple times where we’ve used a used wicket which we probably didn’t take too much of an account for in the planning, the last game, and the one at Trent Bridge were both used wickets.”
Even though Australia play Pakistan on a fresh wicket in Taunton, he expects some help for the fast bowlers early on. “I’m not sure what it’s going to play like, but there’s been enough there for the bowlers. If you bowl well with a new ball, but there’s also been some good tracks around as well,” Finch said.
On the volatility of Pakistan as an opposition
Nobody knows which Pakistan will turn up but Finch is not willing to take them lightly; he even uses the adjective “dangerous” to describe them. They have just seen them corrode England’s favourites tag in two back-to-back ICC tournaments, and what happened in between – which basically was Pakistan losing heavily to England, time and again – is something that doesn’t matter much in the scheme of things.
“They’ve got some world-class players. Obviously Babar is in great touch batting at No. 3 and holding their batting together. But also they’ve got some world class bowlers. Amir coming back and he looks to be back to his best. He’s swinging the ball again. Wahab has been fast and aggressive. Shadab is a great bowler. Hasan had a great Champions Trophy as well.
“When you look down their side there’s no player that you can disregard. They’ve got a lot of experience on their side. They’ve got a lot of match winners. Every time you come up against Pakistan you have to play your best to beat them,” Finch said.
On his own form
The Australia captain recently averaged over a hundred against Pakistan in an ODI series. Even though the attack is very different this time around, Finch is taking a “huge amount of confidence” into this World Cup fixture.
“I felt the way that I played in that series against Pakistan was really pleasing, especially in a couple of big run chases, 280-plus, a charger, to be able to bat really deep, especially in that second game and get a not out to get us over the line was, I think, was something that I was happy with myself about because it’s an area that I hadn’t really done in the past.
“It’s going to be a totally different attack. I’m also well aware of that but it still gives you a lot of confidence going into a game.”