Australia captain Aaron Finch said that his team has the depth to go the distance and clinch a maiden title.
“It wasn’t unexpected. We came here with a clear plan to try and win this tournament. We always felt that we have the depth and quality to do that,” Finch said on the eve of Sunday’s final.
“Lot of people had written us off from the start, so it has been really impressive the way we have gone about our business. Everyone has prepared really well and had match-defining performances at some point, the guys are up and about for tomorrow. We had a lot of confidence within, we were confident about how we were preparing, our strategy was coming together. So it has not defied expectations, we came with a clear plan to win the tournament and we still feel we have the squad to do that.”
“That was a good ball. Any time it nips back a little bit is where I am probably most vulnerable. So that would be another challenge with Trent Boult’s left-arm swing and Tim Southee who can swing the ball away and also knocks it off the seam and slides it a little bit. I had a really good hit in the training, so feeling good going into tomorrow.”
“Absolutely, it is one that has eluded us in the past and the fact that we are in the finals, it gives us a great opportunity to rectify that,” he said.
“It will be a great game, New Zealand is a great team, they have been to all finals over the last six years, so looking forward to it.”
“They can’t be underestimated… they have the firepower, experience and class, so I am not surprised one bit.”
“New Zealand side has got a huge amount of quality, they have shown that over long period of time, they have been best powerplay performing team with the ball, that’s going to be a challenge. They have got Daryl Mitchell, who played a great knock against England, Martin Guptill, who has got class and power and then you got Kane Williamson, who is also world class as the top 3. So they have match winners with both bat and ball.”
“Obviously the trend of the tournament and the IPL has been chasing has been the way to go. In the last game, I was hoping to lose the toss actually, I wouldn’t have mind batting first, but I won the toss. I think if we can put decent score on board, we can put pressure on opposition chasing.”
“We were disappointed but a couple of days helped to regroup… to freshen up mentally and physically, we talked about staying really committed to being aggressive, we felt in that game we were timid and got outplayed in the powerplay. It is about staying really aggressive.”