Finch: Aussies preparing for WT20 title


Australia T20 skipper Aaron Finch is looking six months ahead to the World Twenty20 in India, and hopes the selectors keep it in mind when picking all-format stars over the coming months.

Finch, who is not with the national side to face England as he's only just recovered from a string of injuries, hopes the likes of David Warner and Mitchell Starc are managed well in terms of workload.

He's not worried about their form though, saying that modern players are very used to swapping formats at short notice, and even if some miss the Big Bash League ahead of the WT20, it's better that they're mentally fresh.

Finch said on the CA website: "For those guys playing all three formats it's probably unreasonable to expect them to play the home stuff, a Test series in New Zealand then go straight to South Africa.

"Guys need to be mentally fresh. It's just as important as being in good nick. I know the selection staff are on the same page with that.

"If they're missing BBL to play international cricket that's not an issue. Guys can change formats pretty quickly and easily.

"All of us are used to turning up in India and playing the IPL a few days later. If some players are turning up a week before the tournament, for mine that wouldn't be an issue."

With the WT20 being played in India, Finch is happy with that given how many of his players have IPL experience and hopes they'll be able to bag a first title in the format.

He continued: "Subcontinent conditions will make it tough but I do think we've got the team to do it.

"We've got a lot of guys who have a lot of experience playing there.

"For some of us it's almost our second home, guys spend two months there travelling around the country."