Aaron Finch insisted he was happy with Australia’s progress within the final 12 months regardless of their embarrassing World Cup semi-final thrashing in opposition to England on Thursday.
Finch’s aspect slumped out of the event in limp vogue as England swept to an eight-wicket win at Edgbaston.
Defending champions Australia have been dismissed for simply 223 after opting to bat first and England romped to victory in solely 32.1 overs.
Australia had completed second within the group desk after profitable seven video games, solely to be out-classed by an England aspect that they had simply defeated within the group phases.
Finch, who was out for a duck, conceded it was Australia’s worst efficiency of the World Cup.
However the skipper was adamant Australia have been nonetheless in a greater place now than final 12 months, after they crashed to a 5-Zero one-day worldwide collection defeat in England.
“Actually happy with the place we now have come from and the positive factors that numerous gamers have made over the past 12 months specifically,” Finch advised reporters.
“However on the identical time we got here right here at this time to win a semi-final and get ourselves right into a place to win one other World Cup.
“In order that was actually disappointing the way it ended, particularly to place up in all probability one in every of our worst performances total for the event.”
It was a tame finish to a promising marketing campaign for the five-time champions, who had welcomed disgraced stars David Warner and Steve Smith again into their squad forward of the showpiece occasion.
Warner stood out with three centuries to make his mark after coming back from a ball-tampering ban together with Smith.
It was Smith’s gritty 85 on Thursday that lifted Australia previous 200 after they misplaced their high three for simply 14 runs.
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However Finch admitted they misplaced the match within the first hour of play in opposition to an impressed England tempo assault led by Chris Woakes, who claimed three key wickets.
“Undoubtedly within the first 10 overs of the sport,” Finch mentioned when requested in regards to the turning level within the sport.
“The injury was actually performed with the ball. That units you again. That pressured us to rebuild for such a very long time and begin to drag some momentum again.
“And then you definately lose a few fast wickets once more, new batters beginning, it’s at all times powerful in opposition to actually good leg-spin and good quicks as nicely.”
England openers Jason Roy, who hit 85 from 65 balls, and Jonny Bairstow, who made 34, took the sport away from Australia with an excellent 124-run partnership for the primary wicket.
“They performed exceptionally nicely. We all know how dominant they’re after they get on high. You’ve acquired an excellent cricket workforce in England,” mentioned Finch, who predicted a “hell of a sport” between the hosts and New Zealand within the remaining at Lord’s on Sunday.
For simply the second time previously seven World Cups, Australia have didn’t make the ultimate.
However Australia wicketkeeper Alex Carey echoed Finch’s refusal to be down-hearted when he confronted the media with six stitches on his chin after being by a bouncer from England’s Jofra Archer.
“I suppose in case you return 12 months, no one exterior would have given us an opportunity to be within the World Cup semi-finals,” mentioned Carey, who made a gritty however futile 46.