Adelaide - Disarray within Cricket Australia has distracted
the Australian team, one-day skipper Aaron Finch said on Thursday as he urged his
players to keep their focus on the field.
The embattled governing body has been under intense pressure
after a scathing review said its "arrogant" culture contributed to
players cheating in the pursuit of victory.
It has led to an overhaul of the organisation.
Chairman David Peever last week followed chief executive
James Sutherland out the door, director Mark Taylor quit this week and team
performance boss Pat Howard is also leaving.
"When there are changes, and there are things being
said and written, I think it's hard not to read it sometimes when it's
everywhere," Finch said in Adelaide ahead of the second ODI against South
"You might spend a little bit of time reading it, and
putting some kind of doubts in your mind."
Cricketers Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft
were banned for trying to alter the ball with sandpaper in South Africa in
March. Since then Australia's form has been dire, particularly with the bat.
They go into Friday's clash against the Proteas with 17
defeats in their last 19 one-dayers, including a six wicket thrashing in the
tour opener in Perth.
Finch said confidence was low and it was important that the
players focused on the basics.
"It's about getting back to the basics of partnerships
and making sure you connect with your partner when you first get out
there," he said.
"When we talk about confidence in the batting group
it's about not letting outside distractions affect your game.
"If you can... really make sure that you're committed
to watching the ball and being 100 percent committed to your partnership, I
think that'll go a long way towards turning things around quickly."
Finch knows he needs to lead from the front and ha turned
to master technician Greg Chappell, an exceptional all-rounder, for guidance.
"I managed to catch up with him for a chat about
technique and some minor changes (I want to make)," Finch said.
"Someone who is as successful as he was as a cricketer
and then as a coach as well, to be able to tap into his knowledge and his
thoughts on technique and the basics of batting is huge."