Australia captain Aaron Finch, who lifted his nation's sixth world title on Sunday (November 14), said that he is not surprised by David Warner's return to form in the T20 World Cup. In fact, he had predicted that he would be player of the tournament a few months ago.
Warner finished the tournament with 289 runs in seven matches at 48.16 and a strike-rate of 146.70. He slammed three fifties along the way as well.
"Without a word of a lie, I promise you, I called Justin Langer a few months ago and said, "Don't worry about Davey, he'll be Man of the Tournament," Finch said at the post-match press conference.
"I thought Adam Zampa should have been Man of the Tournament personally, but he's (Warner) a great player. He's one of the all-time great batters. And he's a fighter.
He's someone who when his back is against the wall, that's when you get the very, very best of David Warner. It was a special finish to the tournament for him, the last couple of knocks," Finch added.
Speaking of the decision to give Mitchell Marsh a long run at No. 3, Finch said it was mainly due to his ability to play fast bowling well, given he has played all his cricket at the WACA. "Mitch's move to No. 3 was a really important one in the West Indies. We felt as though he's someone who could play -- he obviously plays fast bowling very well. Growing up in the WACA, he's very, very dominant off the back foot," Finch said.
"He's someone who loves the contest, loves the challenge. And we just backed him from the start. We committed to him batting No. 3 for a long time. He knew that, and that was -- that's all you need sometimes. You need a little bit of backing and you need some confidence from everybody else," he further explained.
Mitchell Starc conceded 60 runs without picking up a wicket in the final, but Finch reckons that a world-class bowler like him will bounce back. "He's a world-class bowler. Kane Williamson probably just got ahead the game against him tonight in them two overs towards the middle of the innings, but that's okay. He'll bounce back. He showed how good he is in international cricket," the Aussie skipper said.
"I think tonight, you can't read too much into that. That's a team, New Zealand probably a little bit behind where they should have been after the first ten, and they took a chance and got away with it.
Yeah, Mitch is brilliant for us, and great around the bowlers as well, so that can never be underestimated, either," he added.
Speaking of Josh Hazlewood, Finch reckons his performance in the Indian Premier League (IPL) helped him pip Kane Richardson for a place in the Australian XI.
"He was really important with our bowling group. He shared his experience of CSK which was really important. To be able to bowl particularly at the end of the tournament where the wickets started to get more worn and hard length, which is Josh's speciality, I guess, was tough to hit. Yeah, that was really important that he passed on that information," Finch, who scored 135 runs at 19.28 in the World Cup said.
"Honestly, his performances in the IPL probably forced his way into the starting XI over Kane Richardson who is a wonderful T20 bowler and someone who has been so important for us. But yeah, that was a tough call," he added.