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Aaron Finch Unfazed About Personal Form

Aaron Finch Unfazed About Personal Form
Aaron Finch is not bothered much about his form heading into the World Cup semi-final against India on Thursday.
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Australian opening batsman Aaron Finch appeared a relaxed man ahead of his side’s World Cup semi-final against India on Thursday despite being short of runs in the tournament.

After a century against England in the tournament opener, the 28-year-old has struggled in the next five matches aggregating a mere 64 runs.

Despite being through a lean patch in previous matches, Finch dismissed talks regarding flaws in his technique.

"Whenever you don't get runs it (pressure) starts to build up," Finch said.

"But I feel like I've been batting nicely, it's nice to go back to a couple of checkpoints and make sure that I'm on top of my game and feeling good and hitting the ball nicely.”

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting had stated that Finch’s poor form with the bat had exposed the opening batsman’s weaknesses at the top of the order.

However, Finch appeared unfazed by the scathing criticism from the batting legend and sounded upbeat about the semi-final.

"In terms of what Ricky said, I hadn't heard that but he's got his own opinions and 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.

"But I'm confident going into this game and I've got no reason not to be. I'm looking for some big runs."

"That's all I can ask and whatever will happen on Thursday will happen – I'm not someone who over-analyses it a helluva lot.”

The burly opening batsman has been working hard in the practice sessions and was seen having a word with batting coach Michael Di Venuto and head coach Darren Lehmann regarding his game strategy.

Terming the upcoming semi-final clash as the biggest game of his life so far, Finch stated that the discussions with the coaches revolved primarily around his approach early in the innings.

"Just to refresh a couple of points that go back to the basics of my technique and my batting and something that I fall back on when I'm not getting a helluva lot of runs.

"It was good just to touch up a couple of things.

"It was nothing I was overly concerned about but just good to get some fresh ideas and reiterate what I was trying to do."

Regarding his decision to review the leg-before decision against Pakistan, Finch admitted that he had taken a gamble which didn’t pay off.

"I tried it.

"I referred one on middle stump, didn't I?”

Finch, who had an amazing run with the bat in 2014 with four centuries and three fifties, believes that he isn’t too far away from regaining his touch with the willow.

The Victorian batsman emphasized on the need for him to rotate strike when he is finding runs hard to come by.

"It's just one of those things – and when you're not hitting them so well, to get down the other end so Davey (Warner, his opening partner) can take a bit of the strike.

"Just try and work your way into an innings in a bit of a different way, as opposed to boundaries and trying to score quickly.

"It's not far away. I feel great, it might just be that one shot early in your innings that gets you going to make a big one."

With 790 runs at an average of 43.88, Finch was Australia’s leading run-scorer in One-Day Internationals in 2014.

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