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Finch: Australia Wants to End England 50-Over Dominance

Finch: Australia Wants to End England 50-Over Dominance Photo: TT
Australia captain Aaron Finch walks off dejected after being bowled out by England's Adil Rashid during the third Vitality IT20 match at the Ageas Bowl

England have dominated Australia in recent One Day International encounters but visiting captain Aaron Finch says his side aren’t worried about their poor record.

The reigning world champions have won 11 of their past 50-over matches against Australia, ahead of the opening ODI between the sides in their three-game series on Friday in Manchester.

Among that run of wins includes a World Cup semi-final and a 5-0 whitewash in England in Justin Langer’s early days as coach.

“They’ve had the wood on us in the recent past, no doubt,” Finch said.

“We’re not looking behind us, we’re looking forward at starting well tomorrow.

“It’s a great challenge and its great fun playing against England because you know you’re in a contest every ball.

“Anything can happen and you have to be prepared to take it right to them.”

England continued their white ball dominance over Australia by clinching a 2-1 T20 International series win earlier this week, although the tourists won the final match with Mitch Marsh impressing in a Player of the Match display.

Finch confirmed Alex Carey will take the gloves again after missing the final T20I and backed much maligned all-rounder Marsh, 28, to have a major influence in the ODI series.

“If you look at Mitch’s one-day record, he averages 35 with the bat and 36 with the ball, so we’re probably been guilty of shuffling him around to try and fit some different pieces in there at different points,” Finch said.

“In that middle-order position, it’s never easy to have a real high output of runs and if you’re that fourth or fifth bowler to have a huge impact with the ball but I think he’s got a great opportunity over the next couple of years to cement that spot.

“The parts of his game where it’s been identified he needs to improve, he’s made some great changes.”

Meanwhile, England will have the services of captain Eoin Morgan despite missing the final T20I with a dislocated finger and Jos Buttler should return after a personal break for family reasons.

Joe Root is in the mix to play after being excluded from the T20I squad, while Jason Roy returns to bolster the batting line-up.

Ben somerford
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