Australian captain Aaron Finch believes his team should be on the pitch for all 40 overs if they are to beat a “disciplined” New Zealand in Sunday’s 2021 T20 World Cup final. Finch said the date would go all the way, adding that New Zealand are a team that fights and tears apart in every situation.
The 2021 T20 World Cup final will be played between Australia and New Zealand at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday 14 November. Both of these teams entered the final by beating strong opposition.In the first semifinal, New Zealand won against England by five wickets in a glittering chase, while Australia defeated Pakistan by a similar margin in the second.
While the two teams are preparing for the first time ICC tournament final from the 2015 World Cup, which Australia won, Aaron Finch he wants his team to be on the pitch for all 40 overs if they want to beat Kane Williamsonmen to win the first T20 World Cup title.
“Every time you play in New Zealand you know how big a game is going to be,” Finch said. “They are so disciplined in all three facets of their game. Their fielding is exceptional and they are a team that you have to stay on for all 40 overs if you want to cross the line.”
New Zealand has been a real force under Williamson in recent years, having finished runner-up at the 2019 World Cup and winning the inaugural ICC World Test Championship 2021. Finch singled out New Zealand’s fighting spirit as a special feature.
“They are really well led by Kane (Williamson) and no matter how they are doing, they seem to hold out long enough in any kind of competition and wear you out. They fight and fight in any situation and are great on the side.”
New Zealand will miss Devon Conway’s serves in the final, who was ruled out with a broken hand. Finch believes Conway would be a big miss for the Blackcaps but felt he possessed enough depth in their team to find a strong replacement.
“Conway has been such a consistent player for them,” he said. “He plays very well during those middle passes, so it will be a big loss. But they have a really good team and whoever they sign up for that position will still be a great challenge.”