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Update Kohli is probably the best one-day player ever - Finch

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Australian skipper Aaron Finch has heaped praises on his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli ahead of the much-anticipated ODI series that begins on Friday (November 27). Finch, who played alongside Kohli in the recently-concluded Indian Premier League in UAE, admitted that plans to contain the 32-year-old batsman instead of trying to dismiss him can backfire.

"If you look at his record it's second to none," Finch said ahead of the opening ODI in Sydney. "It really is remarkable. I think what we have to keep in mind is that we have to keep looking to get him out. When you go away from that and you look to contain players you can miss a trick there."

Even though Finch spent two months with Kohli recently, finding any obvious weaknesses in the Indian batsman's game hasn't been easy. "There's not too many chinks in his armour," he noted. "He's probably the best one-day player of all time so it's about sticking to our plans and being really committed in that regard."

Finch himself was going through a lean patch in the IPL registering only a single fifty in 11 innings at a strike rate of 111. He has been working on his game with Australia's assistant coach Andrew McDonald over the last couple of weeks and is hopeful of turning things around.

"T20 can be really difficult when you're not quite at your very best," he pointed out. "When you're trying to be really aggressive at the start of an innings (and) take risks early in the game at a time when it's not going 100 per cent, you can get in a pretty bad run quite quickly.

"It's just a few balance things, head position in my stance and small things like that I can sometimes forget about when you're just focusing on T20," Finch said on the things he has been working on. "You tend to get a little bit one-paced with your training, almost focused on power hitting rather than a few minor technical things that can help you out. It hasn't been anything huge, it's just a few steps I generally go to when things haven't been as smooth as I would have liked."

Australia are also firm on not including an extra allrounder in their eleven 'just for the sake of it'. In their last ODI in England, Australia had Mitchell Marsh in their XI but with the returning Steven Smith expected to replace the injured allrounder, the home side are not keen on making any other changes for extra assurance with the ball. Finch revealed that the likes of Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis will share the fifth bowler's duties having bowled crucial overs consistently in recent years. Australia also have allrounders Moises Henriques and Ashton Agar in their squad.

"What Maxi's shown in T20 cricket in particular is his bowling keeps improving all the time," Finch said. "I think Marcus Stoinis has proved that as well with the amount of exposure he's had over the past couple of years bowling at the death, it's really important for us and it gives us a lot of flexibility in there.

"In England we had the three allrounders with Mitch (Marsh) so you can dissect the 10 overs a little bit easier, I guess. You're still expecting when that fifth bowler is, or the combination of allrounders are, bowling that minimum 10 overs that they're still having an impact on the game. It's not about picking allrounders just for the sake of it, it's also a key bowling spot as well," said Finch.


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