Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Australia captain Aaron Finch excited for 'blockbuster' England semi-final

Australia captain Aaron Finch excited for 'blockbuster' England semi-final

Matthew Wade, in action for Australia A during the Tour Match between Northamptonshire and Australia A, has joined the extended Australian World Cup camp.

The transformation has been impressive, with England climbing to number one in the ODI rankings under the astute captaincy of Eoin Morgan.

While they overwhelmed England in their group-stage encounter at Lord's, their opponents were without Jason Roy that day.

Handscomb, who was representing Australia A in England, is coming on the back of scores 64, 28* and 57.

Their meeting earlier in the tournament at Lord's saw Australia prevail but England have since rebounded by beating India and New Zealand and Finch knows his side must regroup quickly.

However, it was expected he would fill an Australian top five that would also include Marcus Harris or Joe Burns at the top alongside David Warner, Steve Smith and Travis Head.

"Australia have got a tough game in the semi-final, they would probably prefer playing against New Zealand, but I would say one of Australia or India". The Aussies lost by 10 runs in a close contest and will now take on arch-rivals and hosts England in the semi-final on Thursday at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham.

"He's a real seasoned pro and he's had an unbelievable 12 months or so in domestic cricket".

Despite aggravating his right ankle by landing awkwardly in a foothole, the left-arm paceman is optimistic he will be available to face England.

"We are a different sort of animal compared to our last teams".

"If I do play, what's going to be requires of me and then just treating it as I would any game".

"They will be thinking about beating us in the semi-final".

"If you go back 12 months ago there wasn't too much to be relaxed and chilled about in Australian cricket, was there?"

Though they still can not be bracketed among the "invincible" Australian teams of the past, trust them to rise to the occasion when the stakes are high.

Australia skipper Aaron Finch on his country's World Cup record: "I think World Cups are very special, they bring out the best in the best players, so I think that's why Australia have had a very rich history in World Cups".

Marcus Stoinis, who has been struggling with a side injury, provided some good news for Australia when he was passed fit to play after a workout in the nets.

"I feel like there's a very special thing just around the corner for us Australian cricketers and the whole Australian public, to be honest".

"It's all on them", the off-spinner said.

"Every time you take the next step up you try and get that self-belief that you actually belong there and that little period against India and Pakistan really helped me believe in myself", he said.

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