Warner and I are a big reason why Australia were knocked out of the World T20, says Aaron Finch

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“I don’t think we played particularly well in the first three games and in such a short format you have to rely on your openers”

Australia opener Aaron Finch has admitted that his and David Warner’s poor performance was a big reason why the baggy greens only won one out of the four games they played in the World Twenty20.

Australia were one of the favourites to win the tournament, but lost to Pakistan, the West Indies and India, before managing to cruise past Bangladesh for a consolation win.

“Myself and Davey have both been disappointing in this tournament as a partnership,” Finch said. “What makes it even more disappointing is that it took until the final game to have a big partnership. To be out of the tournament already and then provide a start for the team is very disappointing.

“It’s frustrating because we came here with high expectations. I don’t think we played particularly well in the first three games and in such a short format you have to rely on your openers. So we take a lot of responsibility.”

Finch also pointed out that all-rounder Glenn Maxwell was the only player who had consistently performed well throughout the tournament.

“It’s been difficult,” he said. “I think the way Glenn Maxwell has played throughout the tournament has been phenomenal.

“It’s the way everyone knew he could play, but this time he took it to a new level. That’s a huge positive. There’s a few positives to take out, but by and large not a whole lot.

“We came here to win the tournament and anything less we’re not happy with. To win one out of four has been very disappointing. To not make it through to the semi-final stage has been really disappointing.

“I think we’ve let ourselves down in all three disciplines – and in such a format like this it really comes back to haunt you.”

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