The Australian men’s team plays their first ODI on home soil this weekend since 2020, but it doesn’t lessen the side’s motivation to succeed in the format.
Don’t tell Australian captain Aaron Finch that one-day cricket is dying.
Undertakers have rubbed their hands with glee in recent months as commentators read the last rites and administrators administered the sacred ointments to the 50-over game in the recent Future Tours Program, but Finch has an almost full-strength squad and series against Zimbabwe and New Zealand kicking off this Sunday in Townsville.
The captain is confident the format’s halo of flies will disappear next year with a World Cup in India and everyone will remark on its miracle recovery.
“(Coach) Andrew McDonald summed it up well recently,” Finch said. “He said it goes in phases. Whatever is relevant at the time eclipses the other format.