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ICC CWC 2019: Team in a better position now than 10 months ago, says Finch

Australia lost the ODI series against England and South Africa, and a home Test series against India for the first time ever over the course of the last 10 months

Press Trust of India  |  Southampton 

Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch

Australia have put behind a disappointing year, which saw them losing back-to-back series besides facing a ball-tampering scandal, and skipper is relieved to see the team in a great position at the moment as compared to 10 months ago.

The defending champions could not have asked for a better preparation going into the World Cup, commencing on May 30 in UK, as they won both their warm-up games against England and Sri Lanka.

"It is a great position to be in when compared to where we were ten months ago; it is great when guys keep jumping up to fill positions," Finch said after Monday's warm-up match here against Sri Lanka, which Australia won by five wickets.

The Australian team was in complete turmoil a year ago after the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, involving and The two batsmen were handed a year-long ban from international cricket.

Australia also lost the ODI series against England and South Africa, and a home Test series against India for the first time ever.

This year, however, the Aussies managed to get their act together as they registered a come-from-behind 3-2 ODI series win against India, and then blanked Pakistan 5-0.

"We have been doing well as a group since May 1, and we are still doing our basics really well," said Finch.

Australia will begin their World Cup campaign against on June 1 in Bristol.

First Published: Tue, May 28 2019. 10:35 IST