Cricket-Australia skipper Finch backs Starc to bounce back from scorching start


By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE, Dec. 1 (Reuters) – Australia captain Aaron Finch backed up paceman under fire Mitchell Starc to rebound after the left owner was regaled by Indian batsmen in the first two games of the one-day series.

Australia sealed the series 2-0 with their 51-innings victory in Sydney on Sunday, but Starc’s struggles raised concerns ahead of the four-test run starting Dec. 17 in Adelaide.

Starc finished 0-82 on nine assists at Sydney Cricket Ground, two days after registering 1-65 in the opener at the same pitch where he conceded 20 points in his first.

Finch said there will be talks about how to deploy Starc ahead of Wednesday’s rubber death in Canberra, but he was not impressed with the 30-year-old’s form.

“I think he’s doing well,” the skipper of the Limited Overs told reporters on Tuesday.

“He hasn’t been at his best and you have to understand that his standards are way higher than you would expect from most of the rest due to his dominance over the past eight, nine years – especially on the ball. white. formats.

“There will be conversations today about what we can do slightly differently, whether it’s a tactical thing, when we use it during the heats.

“But there are certainly no panic stations from my point of view.”

Finch said the loss of opening partner David Warner to a groin injury was a big blow to Australia and a replacement has yet to be determined.

Matthew Wade, unused so far, could be brought in, he said, but selectors could choose to promote wicket keeper Alex Carey or Marnus Labuschagne, who struck four in the second ODI, depending on the pitch .

“He’s an all-time great in a day, T20 cricket,” Finch said of Warner. “Any team he’s not on will be slightly weaker.

“But we have guys who can step up and really contribute in this role as well.”


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