Finch not worried over Starc’s off form

Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch played down pace spearhead Mitchell Starc’s poor form Tuesday, attributing his struggles to the quality of India’s batsmen, reports AFP.

Finch said Starc’s technique still looked good and he was working hard to improve his returns against India, who face Australia in the final one-day international in Canberra on Wednesday.

The left-arm paceman has been Australia’s most expensive bowler in the opening two one-dayers against Virat Kohli’s men, conceding a combined 147 runs for just one wicket.

Finch conceded Starc “hasn’t been at his very best” but predicted the 30-year-old would improve as India’s tour continues.

“There’s definitely no panic stations from my point of view. It’s just a matter of time,” he told reporters in a conference call.

“You have to understand his standards are a lot higher than what you expect from most other people because of how dominant he’s been over the last eight or nine years, especially in the white ball formats.”

He said circumstances conspired to give Starc lacklustre figures in the opening two fixtures.

Australia posted huge totals on both occasions, forcing the touring batsmen to go after the bowlers on pitches that offered little to the pace attack.

“There’s nowhere to hide in one-day cricket when you’re playing on really flat wickets with quality opposition,” Finch said.

“He’d love to be swinging the balls early on, but when you’re defending big totals and playing against good players they’re coming hard at you.”