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Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Finch reveals 'huge anxiety' ahead of World Cup


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Australian captain Aaron Finch has revealed the “huge anxiety” he experienced after a poor run of form left him with doubts about making the World Cup squad.

In the absence of David Warner and Steve Smith, Finch was given a chance to open the batting in Australia’s Test side, but was dropped after a nightmare summer.

Speaking to SEN Radio, Finch explained how his lack of form had caused him to try harder and over-train, which resulted in him being mired in an even deeper slump.

"[I had] huge anxiety based on the World Cup coming up, being captain of the side and not getting the output I wanted leading from the front," he said.

"When I think of Australian captains - Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh, Mark Taylor, Allan Border - everyone leads from the front, and I was getting really frustrated, I was preparing, doing everything I thought I could to succeed, it just wasn't happening.

Aaron Finch

"The support I was getting was incredible, but in the back of your mind you are thinking, 'gee, the World Cup isn't far away, as a captain I could be left out of the squad'; then you start putting unrealistic pressure on yourself to perform when you can't control that. That takes care of itself if you do your job."

Finch also explained how he struggled to be critical of his players while being in a form slump himself.

“You are trying talk to the boys about game plans and where you need to improve but I hadn't been doing my job as well as I could have, he said.

“So there were times when I was feeling I'm in no position to criticise anyone about their game when I'm not doing it well myself. I found that really tough and had to learn to put to one side.”

Following his disappointing summer and patchy tour of India, Finch is now full of confidence after a formidable series against Pakistan which saw his side win all five matches.

Heading into the World Cup in prime form, Australia will receive a further boost with the return of Smith and Warner, who were in outstanding form throughout the IPL.

Finch revealed that he will rely on the experience of the returning veterans while leading the side.

“I'll be using them as much as I can tactically because they've both captained a lot of cricket and are very good captains on the field,” he said.

“That would be really naïve of me not to lean on them, they've been around teams a long time, they've been around Australia a long time.

“Yes, they are coming back for the first time but it's an exciting time.”

After the side’s pre-World Cup camp in Brisbane, which includes three one-day matches against a New Zealand XI, Australia will head to the UK via a stopover in Gallipoli to visit Anzac Cove.

The Australians will have two warm-up matches against England and Sri Lanka before their World Cup opener against Afghanistan in Bristol on June 1.

Australian captain Aaron Finch has revealed the “huge anxiety” he experienced after a poor run of form left him with doubts about making the World Cup squad.

In the absence of David Warner and Steve Smith, Finch was given a chance to open the batting in Australia’s Test side, but was dropped after a nightmare summer.

Speaking to SEN Radio, Finch explained how his lack of form had caused him to try harder and over-train, which resulted in him being mired in an even deeper slump.

"[I had] huge anxiety based on the World Cup coming up, being captain of the side and not getting the output I wanted leading from the front," he said.

"When I think of Australian captains - Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh, Mark Taylor, Allan Border - everyone leads from the front, and I was getting really frustrated, I was preparing, doing everything I thought I could to succeed, it just wasn't happening.

Aaron Finch

"The support I was getting was incredible, but in the back of your mind you are thinking, 'gee, the World Cup isn't far away, as a captain I could be left out of the squad'; then you start putting unrealistic pressure on yourself to perform when you can't control that. That takes care of itself if you do your job."

Finch also explained how he struggled to be critical of his players while being in a form slump himself.

“You are trying talk to the boys about game plans and where you need to improve but I hadn't been doing my job as well as I could have, he said.

“So there were times when I was feeling I'm in no position to criticise anyone about their game when I'm not doing it well myself. I found that really tough and had to learn to put to one side.”

Following his disappointing summer and patchy tour of India, Finch is now full of confidence after a formidable series against Pakistan which saw his side win all five matches.

Heading into the World Cup in prime form, Australia will receive a further boost with the return of Smith and Warner, who were in outstanding form throughout the IPL.

Finch revealed that he will rely on the experience of the returning veterans while leading the side.

“I'll be using them as much as I can tactically because they've both captained a lot of cricket and are very good captains on the field,” he said.

“That would be really naïve of me not to lean on them, they've been around teams a long time, they've been around Australia a long time.

“Yes, they are coming back for the first time but it's an exciting time.”

After the side’s pre-World Cup camp in Brisbane, which includes three one-day matches against a New Zealand XI, Australia will head to the UK via a stopover in Gallipoli to visit Anzac Cove.

The Australians will have two warm-up matches against England and Sri Lanka before their World Cup opener against Afghanistan in Bristol on June 1.

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