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“India have to win two to clinch the series, we have to win one to win the series”
Australia opening batsman Aaron Finch has announced that “it’s definitely positive being 2-1 up” against India as it means that the men in blue will have to win the two remaining ODIs, while the baggy greens just have to win one more to clinch the series.
Both the fourth ODI in Ranchi and fifth ODI in Cuttack were abandoned due to heavy rain, but Finch noted that there was nothing anyone could do about it since “we can’t control the weather”.
“India have to win two to clinch the series, we have to win one to win the series,” Finch said. “So that’s a position we obviously are happy being. It’s a case of two games to go. It’s like a mini-final series. It’s definitely positive being 2-1 up, better than being 1-2 down. We can’t control the weather.”
Finch added that Australia will be looking to seal the deal during the sixth ODI in Nagpur.
“We’ve still two games left,” he said. “We’re very confident that we’re playing good cricket at the moment and I’m sure India as well. They were in a good position the other night (in Ranchi) when the game was called off unfortunately.”
With the match in Cuttack being called off, Finch revealed that the Australian team ended up playing a “big table tennis tournament”.
“Yesterday we had a big table tennis tournament as a squad,” he said. “It was just a bit of fun. There is not a lot you can do around the hotel, with a pool table, a table tennis table.
“They are quite long days, and very boring days sometimes when you’re sitting around not knowing what’s happening the following day, whether you’re going to play or not, whether it’s going to be a short game. So it’s just very boring, really.”
Finch also believes that the massive totals that have been posted throughout the series is one of the key reasons why “one-day cricket has become very entertaining now”.
“I think one-day cricket has become very entertaining now,” he said. “There was probably a chance that Twenty20 could overtake it as the entertaining game, so to speak. But I think the way the game has changed now. The new rules have made it extremely exciting.
“The scores that we are seeing all around the world now are exceptional. 300 is almost becoming a par score. We’ll get to the point where 400 will be chased, I mean India chased 360 in 44 overs or something against us. We’re seeing teams get 120-130 off the last 10 overs consistently and that’s phenomenal. That just goes on to show how much the game has changed over the last 20 years.
“In the years gone by when there was only one new ball, there was a bit more reverse swing. The ball was softer, and so it was harder to hit a six. So I think the game has definitely changed in the favour of the batsmen now, no doubts. As a batsman, I think it’s a great rule.”