1st T20I: We have plans for Yuvraj and Raina, says captain Finch

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Adelaide, Jan 25: Upbeat after convincingly taking the ODI series, Australia's T20I skipper Aaron Finch is confident that the hosts can handle the more experienced Indian reinforcements in Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina that arrived here for the three-match rubber starting tomorrow (January 26).

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"India have brought in a lot of experienced players, which I think leading up to a world tournament in a couple of months is about trying everyone possible," said Finch.

"We'll have some individual plans for guys like Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina. It's just important that our guys with the ball have got to execute plans as well as you can. If they're just hitting the good balls, that's not a problem."

"When you've got a group of senior players, it's brings quite a calmness to the group. There tends to be less panic in the dressing room. If you've a lot of youngsters, everyone's on edge. Whereas the senior players know how the games go. If they're still the best players regardless of their age, you just pick them," he added.

Australia will have their own hands full as the T20I side takes new shape. Usman Khawaja has been neglected once again, much to everyone's surprise, but the new names coming in have impressed in the recently concluded Big Bash League. So this will be a test for them as well, considering that spots are up for grabs for the World T20.

"Usman's been in great form. He's been performing at all levels and across all formats. The good thing is who don't you bring into the side? I think it's good pressure to have that in your squad. I think as soon as you're trying to fill holes with bits and pieces players, that's when you're under pressure as a team.

"The luxury we have at the moment is that there are some outstanding players not playing and sitting on the sidelines. I think that shows how healthy the batting for Australia is at the moment," he said.

"The new names are so exciting, they're guys who can hit it a mile. They're good fielders. Travis Head can bat quite well, so they're really attractive packages. And it's great to see them being rewarded for such good Big Bash performances. The way Chris Lynn held up Brisbane Heat (in the Big Bash) was outstanding," he added.

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