Criticism has mounted after Finch’s poor performance, the latest being a below-par performance in the three-match One Day International series against Pakistan in Lahore, which the Tourists lost 1-2. However, Finch eventually returned to form, scoring a half-century in a positive T20I to end the tour of the subcontinent on a positive note.
Bailey said that between now and the T20 World Cup to be held in October-November, Finch had a long time to get into form.
“The leadership he provides, the way he is building the T20 team and the ODI team, the way we want to play, the way we want to play, there is some good buy-in behind that. Is. That T20 World Cup,” Bailey told Cricket.com.au on Friday.
Under Finch, Australia won their maiden ICC T20 World Cup trophy last year by defeating trans-Tasmania neighbors New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates.
Bailey said Finch’s return to form in the T20 International against Pakistan was not a surprise. Finch’s 55 – his maiden half-century in 17 innings for the country in a T20I game win – has eased the pressure on the 35-year-old Australia’s T20 World Cup title defense.
Asked if Finch’s half-century brought him relief, Bailey said, “There is no relief – always know it’s coming with Finch. He himself has said that he would love to contribute more… he wants to be scoring more runs.
“We have so much cricket so far until the build-up to that T20 World Cup and the One Day World Cup that it has got a good chance, and maybe now is a little bit of time to focus… on some little technical stuff,
The ones he wants to work on, which is great.” He returned to his best.
“I’m sure Finch will come out well and fire up to the World Cup and be involved,” Bailey added.