Finch expects spinners to shine at T20 World Cup

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Australia captain Aaron Finch expects spin to play a major role in deciding who reigns supreme at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup later this year.

Spin was pivotal in helping Australia claim the T20 World Cup in Dubai last year, with experienced leg-spinner Adam Zampa finishing the tournament as the equal second leading wicket-taker with 13 scalps from seven matches.

While some of the pitches in Australia are more renowned for their bounce and movement off the pitch, Finch suggests spin will be just as important at this year’s tournament in Australia.

Speaking at the launch of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Trophy Tour in Melbourne on Friday, Finch said good spinners around the world will be crucial at this year’s edition of the 20-over showcase.

“Spin is always going to have an impact in T20 cricket, especially on bigger grounds in Australia,” Finch said as part of the celebrations to mark 100 days until the commencement of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. “Here you have got to hit it a way to get it to the boundary so I think spin will play a big part, especially in the middle overs.

“Wickets in middle overs are going to be crucial as well. All the stats suggest, if you are two down going into the final five overs it doesn’t matter who is bowling. You could have the best (bowler) of all time they are still going to cop some pain.”One bowler who can be relied upon to keep the scoring rate low at the backend of an innings is Australia seamer Josh Hazlewood, who now occupies top spot on the ICC T20 Bowler rankings. Finch said Hazlewood’s promotion to the top echelon of T20 seam bowlers has not shocked him.

Finch suggested Australia will use many of the tactics that brought them success at last year’s tournament. The Australia skipper did suggest his team may use their bevy of warm-up fixtures to experiment with a few fresh ideas, which includes a possible first T20 cap for star all-rounder Singapore born 26-year-old Tim David.