Aaron Finch compares batting collapse vs Pakistan to a ‘car crash in slow motion’

first_imgAaron Finch got philosophical after his team suffered a heavy 66-run loss to Pakistan in the first T20I in Dubai on Wednesday.Australia, who were chasing 156 to win the match, lost six wickets for just 22 runs inside 5.4 overs and were staring at their lowest-ever total in T20 cricket but Nathan Coulter-Nile’s 34 off 29 balls helped them score 89 before getting all-out.Speaking about the disastrous start, Finch said it was like “watching a car crash in slow motion”.”That power play was horrific. It was carnage. It was like a car crash in slow motion. Any time you lose five or six wickets in the power play it’s not ideal,” Finch told reporters after his side crumbled at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.Also read: Babar Azam, Imad Wasim star in Pakistan’s 66-run win over AustraliaThe tourists’ run chase was only resurrected by bowlers Ashton Agar (19) and Nathan Coulter-Nile, who scored 34, with the pair helping them avoid their lowest score in Twenty20 international cricket of 79 against England in 2005.Ashton Agar (19) and Coulter-Nile’s 38-run stand for the seventh wicket was the saving grace for the visitors in the end all other players batting Chris Lynn fell for single digit scores.Lynn, who scored 14, and opener Finch, who was bowled for a three-ball duck by left-arm spinner Imad Wasim said he accepted a lot of responsibility for the collapse himself.”I had the responsibility to get us off to a good start and set up the chase,” Finch said. “When you get out in the first over and don’t get the start needed, that’s not good enough.”advertisementFinch said the team would need to consider making some serious changes to their batting technique before the second game of the series in Dubai on Friday.His batting lineup, without the suspended Steve Smith and David Warner, was arguably their strongest available with Finch, D’Arcy Short, Glenn Maxwell and Lynn providing some power hitting at the top of the order.All four were bowled on what turned out to be a particularly benign batting surface.”I think when that many guys get bowled it’s obviously alarming, particularly on a flat surface that didn’t swing a hell of a lot,” said Finch who was out trying to cut a ball from Wasim that hit middle stump.”The batting was awful. But we can bounce back. We do have a lot of experience in the team and some good players. One bad day with the bat doesn’t throw everything out the window.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more