AUS vs SL: Flexibility of Josh Inglis showed he’s suited to international cricket, says Aaron Finch

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AUS vs SL: Flexibility of Josh Inglis showed he's suited to international cricket, says Aaron Finch
AUS vs SL: Flexibility of Josh Inglis showed he's suited to international cricket, says Aaron Finch

AUS vs SL: Flexibility of Josh Inglis showed he’s suited to international cricket, says Aaron Finch

AUS vs SL: Australia’s white-ball skipper Aaron Finch hailed batsman Josh Inglis for his outstanding performance against Sri Lanka in the T20I series.

Sri Lanka defeated Australia by five wickets in the fifth and final T20I at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, with Kusal Mendis (69*) and Dasun Shanaka (35) starring with the bat. Sri Lanka won their first game of the series, but Australia went on to win the series 4-1.

“We were outplayed in the powerplay – with the bat and with the ball. That’s where the difference was in the game. The partnership between Wade and Sams was outstanding, some really good stuff with the ball as well but probably wasn’t quite enough in the end. I think we’ve got a lot of answers, it’s been a fantastic series for players individually. For us to continue to grow as a team has been fantastic as well.” said Finch after the game.

“Sri Lanka are a very dangerous side. To win four in a row was really good. To win five is really tough in this format of the game. (Positives) The flexibility of Josh Inglis throughout the order was fantastic. He showed that his game is well and truly suited to international cricket. The depth in our bowling continues to grow which is brilliant. The way Ash Agar came back into the side was unbelievable. He bowled the house down,” he added.

With only 54 runs on the board in the seventh over while chasing 155, Sri Lanka lost its first three wickets, bringing Kushal Mendis and Janith Liyanage together in the middle.

Both hitters put on just 17 runs for the fourth wicket, which broken by a run-out in the ninth over, reducing Sri Lanka to 71/4 and leaving the visitors 84 runs short of their target.

Mendis and Dasun Shanaka scored 69 and 35 runs respectively, guiding Sri Lanka to a comfortable five-wicket victory.