‘Wheel will turn’: Finch’s promise despite horror streak
AUSTRALIA ODI skipper Aaron Finch admits his players are feeling some self doubts, but insists the team will regain their mojo in time for next year's World Cup in England.
The start to the home international summer couldn't have gone much worse for Australia, with the team bowled out for 152 in a six-wicket loss to South Africa in Perth on Sunday.
Australia collapsed to 3-8 and 6-66 during their batting innings before Alex Carey (33) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (34) posted some much-needed runs.
The Proteas won with 20.4 overs to spare in a fizzer of a series opener. Australia have now lost 17 of their past 19 ODI matches - a horror record for a nation accustomed to success in the 50-over format.
Less than seven months remain until the World Cup starts, and Australia's hopes of silverware appear slim right now.
But Finch is adamant the wins will start coming soon.
"It will turn. The way that we're training, believe me, the wheel will turn. And it will happen quickly," Finch said.
However, Finch admits there are self doubts, especially when players head to the middle in the midst of a batting collapse.
Batting collapses have been a feature for much of the past year. "You'd say that guys are probably at times doubting themselves," Finch said.
"And when you're three-eight, you probably have to go and play a different style of one-day cricket than what you map out in your head about how you think the game will unfold.
"When guys are not performing as well as they can do, there's always going to be a bit of doubt.
"But your only one good shot away from feeling on top of the world again. I think it's about understanding it's not all doom and gloom."
Finch made the surprise decision to hand Nathan Coulter-Nile the new ball instead of Mitchell Starc.
The move backfired, with Coulter-Nile conceding 16 runs in his first over.
Finch said the move was done as part of Australia's strategy to break out of their losing funk.
"It's been 17 out of 19 (that we've lost), so we're looking to try some new things and try something different," Finch said.
"If you keep doing the same thing over and over, it's the definition of insanity isn't it?" Australia will be aiming to rebound in Friday's clash with South Africa at Adelaide Oval.
Shaun Marsh, who underwent surgery on a buttocks abscess on Friday, is expected to be fit.
And Glenn Maxwell is also set to play despite copping a painful knock to a finger on his right hand while batting on Sunday.