‘Totally Outplayed’: Aus Captain Finch Says World Cup Exit Hurts
Suffering an 8-wicket loss in the ICC World Cup semi-final, Australian skipper Aaron Finch had no qualms in admitting that his team had been completely outplayed by hosts England.
The Eoin Morgan-led England hammered Australia by eight wickets to reach their first World Cup final since 1992 on Thursday, 11 July.
"We were just totally outplayed today. The way they set the tone with the ball and getting to 27/3 after 10 overs was a huge part of the game. And was too hard for us to get back from. You do expect the new ball to seam first up, but they bowled really well by targeting the stumps and bowled a great length, something that we tried to do as well,” said Finch.
"We tried to change it up as much as we could, kept looking for wicket taking options. Just couldn't find it because they played exceptionally well," said Finch.
He also pointed out that the Aussies were derailed by injuries to Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis ahead of the semi-final. While Khawaja was replaced by Peter Handscomb, all-rounder Stoinis played the match.
"You've got to beat everyone in every condition. But things didn't go for us with a couple of injuries, but that's not really an excuse. We came here expecting to win, but it wasn't to be," Finch signed off.
Have Made Dramatic Improvement Since 2015: Morgan
England captain Eoin Morgan said his team has taken a massive leap since its first round exit in World Cup four years ago and has a "huge opportunity" to win the elusive crown at Lord's on 14 July.
Openers Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy are in the form of their lives and Morgan would love a fifth consecutive century stand from them in the final against New Zealand. He also praised pacer Chris Woakes, who took three crucial wickets against Australia.
"Roy and Jonny at the top of the order are really imposing when they get themselves in. They are in the form of their lives and they take advantage of that. They set the tone for us,” said the 32-year-old skipper at the post-match presentation.
"Extremely happy for Woakes also. He is a cool customer and has been one of the best bowlers for us in the last couple of years."
England had also beaten India in the league stage here at Edgbaston and Morgan said his team took confidence out of that win.
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