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Finch confident end of ODI slump is near

Australia skipper Aaron Finch says he's not 'mentally gone' as Mark Waugh claims, declaring he feels confident and comfortable as he seeks to end a form slump.

Finch confident end of ODI slump is near

Australia skipper Aaron Finch says he's not 'mentally gone' as Mark Waugh claims, declaring he feels confident and comfortable as he seeks to end a form slump.

AARON FINCH of Australia looks ahead during day three of the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.
AARON FINCH of Australia looks ahead during day three of the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at MCG in Melbourne, Australia. Picture:Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Aaron Finch knows how strange it sounds but the out-of-form captain feels confident and comfortable amid an alarming slump, rejecting Mark Waugh's critique about his state of mind.

Finch enters Saturday's first one-dayer against India in desperate need of runs.


The veteran was out for a golden duck and eight in the preceding Twenty20 series, making it 19-consecutive white-ball international innings without reaching 50.

Coach Justin Langer has vowed to be patient with the skipper, declaring runs will come while praising Finch's leadership.

But if Finch fails to fire in the next 10 ODIs, with Australia to face Virat Kohli's team in a five-match series before travelling to the UAE for five more games against Pakistan, Langer's patience will presumably be strained to breaking point.

Speculation about Finch's place in the XI has already started, with Waugh declaring after the first T20 that Finch "looks mentally gone".

"Mark comes out and says quite a few things every now and then. Some of them don't make a hell of a lot of sense, a lot of the time," Finch said.

"Mentally gone? He hasn't been around the side, he's been commentating most of it from Sydney, so don't know how he's come to that decision."

Finch believes he is already starting to benefit from some minor changes to his technique, even if results are yet to show on the scoreboard.

"It's never easy when the captain of your side is not scoring as many runs as they would have liked," Finch said.

"I want to lead from the front with the bat and I honestly don't think it's far away.

"I'm really confident going into this series. It might sound strange after missing out for quite a while but I feel really comfortable where my game is at, where it's going.

"At times, you're prepared to wear a little bit of short-term pain for long-term gain. This has been a bit longer pain than I would have hoped for."

The 32-year-old admitted the past five months, during which he made his Test debut in the UAE and was dumped after the Boxing Day Test, were difficult but hadn't affected his approach to captaincy.

"It's important to remain level regardless of how you're going," Finch said.

"As soon as you're up and down, then the team starts to sense that and starts to almost play like that ... start to play on emotion.

"I feel as though I've done that really well and that my captaincy on the ground has been really good as well. Just a few runs and it will be all good."

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