Aussies Chasing ODI Redemption

Aaron Finch Australian Cricket
Aaron Finch top the Aussie batting charts in Zimbabwe. Picture: Colleen Petch/

The Australian cricket team  doesn't like getting beaten, especially after it posts a big score, but that's what happened in the Zimbabwe Tri-Series recently. The loss to South Africa infuriated the Aussies and they are set to vent their frustrations on poor cricket minnows, Zimbabwe . And Michael Clarke  is back at the helm!

A couple of days after belting Zimbabwe by 198 runs, the Aussies came back to earth when their impressive total of 320 plus was easily run down by the Proteas. With Aaron Finch  blasting 102, Phil Hughes 51 , George Bailey 66  and Mitchell Johnson  a late 23 from 8 balls, the Australians finished with 7/327.

Things were looking good when Kane Richardson and Mitchell Starc struck early to have South Africa 2/51, but enter skipper AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis. They put on 206 for the third wicket, with du Plessis finishing with 106 off 98 balls and the captain 136 off 106 balls, even though he was hampered by a leg injury.

Against Zimbabwe in the series opener, Australia made 6/350 with Finch, Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell  all posting half centuries. If batting first, the Aussies should make another big score against a completely outclassed Zimbabwean side. However, if Hamilton Masakadza  can get some support, Zimbabwe might offer more resistance with the bat.

With 67 and 102 to his credit already, Finch again looks a prime candidate to finish top batsman, while Starc is our leading wicket-taker with four.

Chris Bombolas - Tatts Senior Writer

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