By: Bongani Dlamini 

Australia captain Aaron Finch admits that the T20 World Cup being pushed forward by a year due to Covid-19 has forced his side to come up with a new plan as they are set to name just four specialist bowlers ahead of their opening game against South Africa on Saturday at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium at 12:00.   

The Aussies were the initial hosts of the 2020 T20 World Cup, but it has now been moved to the United Arab Emirates and the batsman admitted that the Covid-19 pandemic had an impact on their long-term planning.

“Yeah, plans have sort of gone out the window recently, but that’s part and parcel with what’s happened worldwide. We’re fully understanding of that. To be able to continue to put on a great show in world cricket, to go ahead in a pandemic, we’re very grateful for that. We hope that everyone appreciates that we’re able to put on a really good show worldwide.”

With opening batsman David Warner struggling for form heading into the limited overs world cup, Finch has backed his countryman to dust himself off and have a good tournament. 

“I’m backing Dave’s ability. I’m backing his judgment. I think, if you look at his World Cup history, he’s just bloody good. Would he have liked more runs? Absolutely. Everyone would like more runs all the time.

“He’s one of the greatest players that Australia has ever produced, and I’ve got no doubts that come Game 1 he’ll be up and firing and ready to go.”

Finch has also been struggling with injuries but the 34-year old says he is feeling much better and happy to have played in the warm up matches. 

“I’m feeling really good. The knee is feeling great. It’s feeling a bit better than what I thought it would at this stage, to be honest. To be able to play those first two warm up games against New Zealand and India was crucial, I think. To get a few in the middle was nice.”

Australia get their tournament underway with a clash against South Africa before facing Sri Lanka and England. 

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