Australia opener Aaron Finch said he never feared for his place in the side during his lean spell at the World Cup and having found some runs will be raring to go in Sunday`s final at his home ground.
Finch hit an uncharacteristically scrappy 81 in a match-winning partnership of 182 with Steve Smith as Australia beat India by 95 runs on Thursday to set up a final meeting with New Zealand.
“It wasn`t my best innings, I had to grind a little bit but I was fortunate to have Steve Smith at the other end,” he told reporters at Melbourne airport on Friday.
“He sort of kept that partnership flowing while I was trying to grind it out and get down the other end.”
The Sydney victory takes the muscular right-hander back home to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the site of the impressive 135 with which he opened the tournament.
Only 64 more runs followed until he hit his stride, albeit uncertainly, against India in an innings skipper Michael Clarke described as “a real positive for Finchy and for the team”.