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We are confident of negating Indian pace attack: Finch

Aaron Finch

Sydney:  Australia opener Aaron Finch today exuded confidence of successfully tackling the Indian pace attack in the semi-finals of the cricket World Cup, here on Thursday.

India’s pace trio of Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma and Umesh Yadav have taken 42 out of the 70 wickets amongst themselves and can cause potential threat to the home team.

“They’ve been bowling well. Shami is up there with the leading wicket-takers of the tournament — Yadav, Mohit Sharma, they’ve been bowling well as a group. With our side, we are confident that we can negate that,” Finch said during a media interaction at the SCG.

Finch admitted that India have some quality spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja but they would have their gameplan in place to counter them.

“Wickets are generally pretty true here. Whatever happens I suppose if we stick to our game plans and play well it goes a long way towards winning the game. It’s about being aggressive without being over the top.”

Asked if there will be any special plans in store for Ashwin, Finch replied, “Not yet. We will sit down as a batting group this afternoon and talk about their bowlers with a bit more depth. Ashwin’s a quality bowler. As long as you have your own individual plans, it’s important to stick to them. He’s bowled well throughout the tournament. He’s bowled in some difficult phases of the game and done well.”

He did admit that staying in Australia for four and half months have enabled the Indian bowlers to figure out the right length that they needed to hit.

“India’s plan doesn’t look to have changed too much. I suppose they’ve just spent a lot more time in the country. When you’re looking to be aggressive with the new ball, having been here for four and a half months, they have probably adapted their lengths a little bit.

“They’ve got skillful bowlers. Shami is bowling well. He’s swinging the ball which is a huge factor I suppose for them at the start of the innings. There’s no rocket science – they’re bowling well, they’re batting well. They’re going to be tough to beat.”

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