Their seven-match winning run (excluding the washed out game) may not be the most earth-shattering feat, but it’s quite something considering the nature of their dominance and the significance of it with the T20 World Cup in mind.
“Really proud of the boys with the way we applied ourselves in the last couple of weeks,” captain Finch said after the win on Friday (November 8). “Our commitment to training and buying into plans has been impressive. We’ve got the rewards here. But it’s all about improving. Each time we turn up at training we are improving our game, improving as a team, and that is very important. We are growing as a team and hopefully some bigger things to come.”
Remarkably, this turnaround has come on the back of an ordinary second half to 2018 where they lost a lot more than they won. Justin Langer, later in the press conference, jokingly said they were the ‘worst [T20] team in the world’ 12 months back. It speaks as much to the nature of the format as it does to the return of Steve Smith and David Warner, the duo being a real force in these last couple of series.
The top three as a whole, in fact, were exemplary to start the home summer. Finch and David Warner nearly always gave a flying start and on the off-chance they didn’t, Steve Smith took the mantle in style with a couple of glittering half-centuries.
“We always talk about one of the top three batting deep and batting a majority of the overs. It’s been pleasing we’ve done that against a world-class bowling attack. It’s nice to do it against a top team,” Finch said.
But really, it’s the bowling that’s been the cornerstone of Australia’s success. Nothing tells that story better than this remarkable stat – all of their frontline bowlers (minimum five matches) have an economy of under seven this year.