Aaron Finch frustrated with ordinary pitches in Sri Lanka ODI series

Aaron Finch levelled the fastest fifty for Australia in the ODI format during the fourth game against Sri Lanka.
Aaron Finch levelled the fastest fifty for Australia in the ODI format during the fourth game against Sri Lanka.
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Australian batsman Aaron Finch revealed that the quality of pitches in the ongoing One-Day International series against Sri Lanka has led to the team feeling frustrated.

In the four ODIs played so far, no team has been able to score over 300 runs and the pitches have been slow and difficult for the batsmen to score freely.

Finch feels that there are other pitches at the venues which are sporting ones, but he feels that the tracks used so far have been quite ordinary.

“The first wicket was a nice wicket and they’ve reeled out some ordinary one-day wickets since then,” Finch said.

“It can be quite frustrating as a batter when you look over and there’s a beautiful batting wicket two strips over that could have been a really entertaining game from a high-scoring point of view but they used the same one.

“It’s their home conditions so they’re entitled to do that.

“But it was nice to win when you feel there was a lot of things working against you.”

In the fourth ODI, Finch scored a blistering 19-ball 55 to give Australia the perfect platform to chase down the target of 213 runs.

However, Finch said that it was not his plan to go berserk from the first ball but it was only an attempt to score as many runs as possible from the first powerplay.

“In a small chase like that you tend to want to try and break the back of the innings as quick as you can, but as it worked out we got off to a flyer,” Finch said of his Dambulla destruction.

“That was nice but there’s never any pre-planning that I’m going to go out and tee off, so to speak.

“It was more that we wanted to cash in on the first 10 as much as we can, and that’s all we spoke about with me and Davey and the guys coming in.

“Scoring outside of that was going to be very hard, as soon as the shine went off the ball and especially with Angelo going down there was going to be no pace on the ball so we had to make sure that we went as hard as we could then.”

“It was about being aggressive in the first 10 overs and we knew that was going to be the best time to bat, that’s all it was.”

Finch also equalled the Australian record for the fastest ODI fifty, equalling Simon O’Donnell and Glen Maxwell after taking 18 balls to get to the landmark.

Admitting that he was unaware of the record till he saw it in the big screen, Finch joked that he felt disappointed not to have broken Maxwell’s record.

“I think three Victorians have all got it now,” Finch said of the record.

“I was disappointed not to beat Maxi to be fair, I would have liked to have beaten Maxi.

“But Simon O’Donnell, he was a revolutionary of the game wasn’t he?

“He was someone who played the game in a sort of modern-day way.

“I had absolutely no idea what the record was until you see it come up on the screen later on,” Finch admitted in the aftermath of Australia’s series win.”

Following the conclusion of the fifth ODI against Sri Lanka on 4th September, Australia will play a two-match Twenty20 International series before heading home.

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