Our best chance to upset India: Finch

Our best chance to upset India: Finch

Australian skipper Aaron Finch feels the absence of star players David Warner and Steve Smith won't affect his side against India. Reuters File Photo

Skipper Aaron Finch on Tuesday reckoned the T20 internationals will be Australia's best chance to challenge an upbeat India in the absence of leading batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner.

The three T20 internationals starting here from Wednesday will open what will be a string of big-ticket clashes between the two rivals.

Finch said that the shortest format allows the hosts to be aggressive and more competitive against a strong Indian side.

"Although we lost to Pakistan in the UAE, we are a very good T20 side. I think we played some good cricket in Zimbabwe and before that in the tri-series against New Zealand and England last year. We are very confident in this format," Finch said.

"India have been in great form in all formats over a long time now. But it is going to be a great opportunity for us to come out, play aggressively and express ourselves."

The first match will be played at the Gabba. The T20 Internationals will be followed by a four-match Test series and three ODIs.

"T20Is are fast-paced short games obviously. At times it can take one bit of brilliance with bat or ball, or even in the field, and it can change the dynamics of the match or even the whole series."

Australia fielded an all-pace attack in their one-off T20I against South Africa on Saturday. That is expected to change with a lone spinner to come to the playing eleven.

"That will be in the calculations. With the size of this ground and how good our spinners have bowled here, while they haven't been huge wicket-takers, they have bowled well. We have options in Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa."

The ball tampering scandal and its aftermath is still making headlines here. On Tuesday, Cricket Australia refused to shorten the bans on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

"It would have been great to see the guys playing some domestic cricket at the back end of this summer, but we have to respect Cricket Australia's decision and for the ban to stand. We have to move on (to the series at hand)."

Finch said that it didn't make a difference to their preparations, and that Australia are still a side that is desperate to win.

"We're still intense and desperate to win and we are going about that the right way. Playing hard is the Australian way but to different people that means different things. It's not all about verbal and things like that."