Australia limited-overs captain Aaron Finch says his side are already working on a “detailed plan” ahead of the 2023 Cricket World Cup.
Australia finished second in the group stages of the 2019 tournament in England and Wales, but lost heavily in the semi-finals to the hosts who went on to win the competition. It was the 33-year-old’s first World Cup as captain and his second overall, having been a part of Australia’s victorious campaign in 2015.
“I’m a cricket nuffy so you are always thinking about it, especially being captain. I’m looking forward to the 2023 50-over World Cup in India,” said Finch on SEN Radio. “In the 50-over space, it’s about working back from that 2023 World Cup and really getting a detailed plan of how we think we’ll have to win it, what’s the structure of the side we’ll need in India. Is it going to be two spinners, is it going to be an extra all-rounder and kind of work back from there.
“We need to work out what resources we’ll need in terms of players. If there’s someone new we identify who could perhaps have a big impact, how many games can we get into them over the next two and a half years to make sure they have enough experience so that in a high-pressure semi-final you aren’t going in hoping they’ll do well, you know they have the form and enough experience behind them to make sure they are comfortable with the international level.”
Finch, who has scored 4,882 runs in 126 ODIs at an average of 41.02, made fine centuries against Sri Lanka and England in the group stages of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
“It’s either working out what the 15, or say 25 players now, what that looks like, whether it matches our game plan going forward, or do we pick the side the other way round with a game plan in mind and adapt it that way,” Finch added.
“It’s not rocket science, it’s going through data, and a bit of gut instinct of what you feel will be the trends of one-day cricket. Will it be 400, or will it be that 320-mark with some wearing pitches in India and a couple of spinners in your side?”