Finch: We were totally outplayed

Aaron Finch said that more damage was done with the ball when Australia batted, which affected the team.

Looking ahead at Sunday’s final featuring England and New Zealand, Finch said: “New Zealand will scrap hard and be dynamic on the field and England will play a high-energy game.”   -  Getty Images

Aaron Finch conceded that his team was outplayed by a belligerent England in the World Cup semifinal at Edgbaston here on Thursday. Speaking to correspondents, the Australian skipper said: “All in all we were totally outplayed. We came here expecting to win. We trained well, had enough breaks and we are disappointed.”

The opener said that he was aware of the challenges posed by the England pace attack: “They have bowers who hit the seam, Chris Woakes is a world class bowler and (Jofra) Archer is getting better and better. It was tough conditions at the start and we had to find a way for a platform in the middle overs. If not for our middle-order, we would have been in deep trouble. I think the way Steve (Smith) and Alex (Carey) batted was very important and we got close to around 230.”

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Asked about England’s aggressive batting, Finch replied: “We know that they will be aggressive and we had to be aggressive too. But more than what the (England) openers did, the damage was done with the ball (when we batted) and that affected us. Jason (Roy) definitely goes hard and I know that having played with him at Surrey. He can be brutal and is a threat.”

Looking ahead at Sunday’s final featuring England and New Zealand, Finch said: “It will be one hell of a game, New Zealand will scrap hard and be dynamic on the field and England will play a high-energy game.”