Aaron Finch wants Australia to play aggressively against India

Aaron Finch wants Australia to play aggressively against India

T20 is often dubbed a batsman's game. "Although we lost in the UAE to Pakistan, who are a very good T20 side, I think we played some really good cricket in Zimbabwe", Finch said. "Generally, the most successful teams are those that have the ability to bowl their 120 balls most effectively, with the right balance of attackers and defenders within that bowling core". "The motive is to seize all the moments and win".

India announced a 12-man shortlist ahead of the opening encounter, with Manish Pandey, Washington Sundar, Shreyas Iyer and Umesh Yadav being the exclusions. Rohit recently became the only player to score four T20I centuries and became the second highest run-scorer in this shortest format of the game.

"The reason we flew down here is to get used to the bounce".

Watch the ICC Women's World T20 live on Sky Sports Cricket, with Australia taking on Windies from 7.30pm and England facing India from 11.30pm on Thursday. "It's not about giving umpires more power - they already have the power".

India and Australia are slated to play three T20 internationals from November 21 to 25 followed by four Test matches, and three one-day internationals. South Africa did it for a while and other than these two, in the last five-six years, you tell me which team has travelled well. If the team has a quiet, assured confidence about them as they prepare for their first warm-up, then the parochial press back home are happy to put it in simpler terms.

Get breaking news alerts. Bhuvneshwar Kumar flourished even without Bumrah accompanying him at the top, and the three pacers managed the death overs amongst them. Pant. Dinesh. Krunal. Kuldeep.

Will miss Hardik Shastri dropped a hint that injured Hardik Pandya's absence robs them a chance to play an extra bowler.

What the Mumbai Indians all-rounder's presence does is to allow Kuldeep to bowl his natural attacking lengths and variations.

They did just that in their Group B wins over Pakistan, New Zealand and Ireland - with opener Alyssa Healy shining as she struck 48, 56 and 53 in her three innings.

Meanwhile, India too have risen steadily, having been undefeated in their last nine T20I series, which includes seven series victories on the trot - hence their second spot in the rankings. But given the quality of the current side, it is only understandable that there is a surplus of resources. No amount of white-ball cricket can compensate for red-ball form in overseas conditions. But India will be a different proposition - so much is at stake here. Arguably, no T20I side in the world today can boast an attack as ideal on paper as that of India's.

Virat Kohli, who boasts an impressive average of 48.90 in the shortest format of the worldwide game, is set to return to the side after sitting out of the series in the Caribbean. As Kolkata Knight Riders analyst AR Srikanth says, "Bowling hasn't taken precedence [in T20 auctions] so far but it will eventually".

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