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‘We must win against Bangladesh, Windies’

Published : 31 Oct 2021 10:11 PM | Updated : 01 Nov 2021 04:01 PM

Aaron Finch has insisted that Australia are "a very good team in T20 international cricket" despite their eight-wicket hammering against England in Dubai on Saturday night, but he recognised that the scale of their defeat - with 50 balls to spare - leaves them with two "must-wins" against Bangladesh and West Indies in their last two Super 12s fixtures.

"It was just one of those nights," Finch said. "Davey [David Warner] got a decent one early, Smithy [Steven Smith] toe-ended one and Maxi [Glenn Maxwell] missed a pick-up off his pads which you'd generally expect him to hit. That can happen in the powerplay when you're looking to be aggressive. [We were] just blown away.

"They completely dominated us from the start. Any time you go a handful down in the powerplay… every time we felt like we started to get a partnership together, we just kept losing a wicket and it just meant we had to sit in longer, try and get a total of 150, and see if that would be competitive. As it was, we probably needed a few more.

Australia may need to win both of their remaining Super 12s games to ensure qualification after the hit to their net run-rate, with games against Bangladesh in Dubai on Thursday and West Indies in Abu Dhabi on Saturday to come - both of whom beat Australia in their recent T20I series. Finch said that the squad would have a couple of days off after a short turnaround following their win against Sri Lanka, and acknowledged that they could not afford another off-night.

"The boys deserve a couple of days off," he said. "We'll recharge the batteries, have a couple of strong days of training and then be back into it: I'm not concerned about carrying baggage into a different game against a totally different opposition.

"They're definitely must-wins. Our net run-rate took a hammering tonight so we're going to have to be at our best. Bangladesh are a very, very good side and so are the West Indies - a lot of firepower in their team, a lot of experience. It's must-win from now on - but we're looking forward to it."

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