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Aaron Finch admits he'll miss banter from English crowds
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Aaron Finch admits he'll miss banter from English crowds

Australia's white-ball skipper Aaron Finch has said he will miss the jeering of English fans during the upcoming series against England, echoing similar sentiments expressed by Steve Smith.

Australia's 21-man contingent has arrived in the UK to compete in six limited-overs fixtures against the familiar foes from September 4-16.

Usually, the Aussie team finds itself on the receiving end of a horde of taunts and booing from organised fan groups like the Barmy Army.

Smith, in particular, along with David Warner were the main targets of such acts in Australia's World Cup and subsequent Ashes campaigns in England after returning to international cricket following the bans due to ball-tampering.

But Australia will be battling England in front of empty stands in response to the coronavirus pandemic that has completely altered the dynamics of normal sporting events.

"It's always good to have a crowd to entertain and the banter that comes from particularly English crowds is pretty special," Finch told reporters.

"Do they go over the top sometimes? Maybe, yeah. It's all a great thing to be a part of, especially if you beat England over here."

England will be heading into the contests in the midst of an action-packed summer where they have already played six Tests against West Indies and Pakistan and a three-match ODI series against Ireland.

"I have seen all of it from back at home (on television)," Finch said.

"It is obviously a little bit different with no crowds, but at the end of the day as cricketers, we probably play 95 percent of our games in front of not many people so I think that we would be used to it."

Australia's last international match was against New Zealand, which took place without fans because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

"We played the game against New Zealand at the SCG (Sydney Cricket Ground), which was our last game, behind closed doors so I don't think that we need any extra motivation or we don't need any crowd to pump you up -- not that we get it here in the UK anyway," Finch claimed.

"At the end of the day, we are still playing international cricket. What it'll come down to is pride in your performance and representing your country really proudly," the 33-year-old added.

"It will be different but I don't think it will take away from the intensity of the games whatsoever."

Finch has stressed on the importance of resuming competitive cricket at the highest level despite lockdown restrictions straining the feasibility of arranging a global tournament like the T20 World Cup, which has been postponed.

"Our part as players is to make sure we are doing everything that we can within the restrictions of international travel and health authority protocols."

"I think for global cricket to be back up and running is so important on so many levels."