As Australia gear up to defend the title they won in the UAE in 2021, Finch said lifting the trophy in front of the Melbourne Cricket Ground in November would be a dream come true for him.
Cricket.com.au quoted the 35-year-old Finch as saying, “If it is planned like this it could be a complete stop on everything (many players retiring from T20Is). There can be fairy tales in the game. Huh.” The 100 day countdown ceremony at the mega event on Friday.
While Finch has hinted that this could be the last T20 World Cup for him, it could also be the last mega T20 event for opener David Warner and wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade, given that both are in their 30s. are in the middle.
Wade has already said that the 2022 T20 World Cup will be his international swansong, while Warner has also hinted that he may retire from T20Is to prolong his Test and ODI career. Finch will probably also focus on the 50-over World Cup in India in 2023 and eventually call it a day off international cricket.
Asked about the future of the white ball after the T20 World Cup, Finch said, “Good question… It’s clearly focusing on the 50-over World Cup… after the (T20) World Cup.” So I don’t think so. Anyway there are a lot of T20 matches in the next 12 months (after the World Cup). So I don’t know.
“I think naturally when people get into their mid-30s, it’s going to be like that. Davey[Warner]just keeps going; he could play for another 10 years, I guess That’s how fit he is and how much he loves competition and continued to challenge himself.
“(Matthew) Wade has gone through a few phases (and) he has become very important to the structure of our team now, batting at seven there and being so dynamic. But it’s an aging side, right? ? Especially in that batting group,” Finch said.
Finch said the World Cup in Australia would be “incredibly difficult” after seeing last year in the UAE, where South Africa missed out on net run rate despite winning four of their five matches.
“IIT is going to be an incredibly tough competition. We saw South Africa win four out of their five matches in the last World Cup and still haven’t qualified on net run rate. It’s so brutal that you have to get one. All it takes is a little luck along the way. So let’s see.”
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