SOLID KNOCK: Aaron Finch scored 68 in the defeat by England.
SOLID KNOCK: Aaron Finch scored 68 in the defeat by England. Michael Steele

Finch and Head offer no excuses after Champions Trophy exit

EXCUSES were ever-present for Australia during what was a muddled and eventually failed Champions Trophy campaign.

Poor English weather washed out two matches and a practice game, and then ended the final match against England early, although the Aussies were in a heap of trouble.

Opener Aaron Finch, who posted his highest ODI score for 12 months with 68, said the lack of continuity in their cricket hadn't helped Australia during what was a stop-start tournament.

But he said the players had played "plenty of cricket" and had no excuses for an ultimately unsuccessful showing.

"We came here to win the tournament, anything less than that you are disappointed," he said.

"Today, a couple of us didn't go on and get big scores, which we should have.

"I think we still had a great preparation coming in. The rain, obviously wasn't ideal, but that wasn't an excuse."

Questions were also asked as to why slugger Chris Lynn didn't get a start in any of the three pool games, with all-rounder Marcus Stoinis also left on the sidelines despite a last-start 146 not out against New Zealand in February.

Australian selectors went with the same team that had Bangladesh on the ropes at The Oval last Monday, before that game was washed out, which included Moises Henriques, who made just 18 and 17 runs in two innings batting at number four.

Travis Head, who top-scored with 71 not out in his only innings for the tournament having also made 85 not out in his sole warm-up game against Sri Lanka, carried the "no excuses" line, despite the under performance of some.

"We came here with big expectations of doing really well and to be leaving early, is not a great feeling," he said.

"We've played a lot of cricket in the past 12 months, everyone was in good form leading in to it. There's no real excuses on that front.

"It was frustrating, with the weather, but we knew it was going to be like that, we had to move on from that pretty quickly.

"I just want to win games for Australia, unfortunately I wasn't good enough to do that today."

Head and Finch will return home but only for short period.

Finch has a county contract with Surrey to fulfil and will return to the UK, while Head will be part of the Australia A team scheduled to tour South Africa in July, if the current pay impasse can be broken.

News Corp Australia


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