'Always tension': Aaron Finch speaks out amid Justin Langer furore

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Aaron Finch says it is 'disappointing' that stories about head coach Justin Langer have leaked from the team's camp. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Aaron Finch says it is 'disappointing' that stories about head coach Justin Langer have leaked from the team's camp. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Australian T20 captain Aaron Finch has conceded tension within the team is a byproduct of several punishing series losses.

However he was reluctant to place the blame for the Australian team's lacklustre form in all three forms of cricket at the feet of head coach Justin Langer.

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Despite talk of players being unhappy with Langer's style, Finch said it was 'disappointing' for negative stories about the head coach to be leaked to the media.

Langer will face pressure to keep his job over the upcoming summer, after a home series loss to India last year and a disastrous tour of the West Indies and Bangladesh in recent weeks.

Even factoring in the absence big names such as Steve Smith, David Warner or Pat Cummins, Australia won just a single match out of five against the two minnow nations.

Speaking to SEN Radio, Finch said there was enormous pressure placed on everyone in the team to achieve highly.

“There’s always tension when results don’t go your way in all sports,” he said.

“Wins and losses are what counts. I think any time that that doesn’t happen, that all gets amplified.

“It’s disappointing that things are coming to the front the way they are. That’s never ideal.

“It’s just one of those things that keeps popping up, which is disappointing.”

Langer's suitability for the top job, amid reports of players growing frustrated with his demeanour, was once again questioned after he and a team manager had a heated argument with a member of Cricket Australia's digital media team while on the latest tour.

Despite this, Finch said ultimately it was up to the players to decide the winner and loser of every match.

“When things are being leaked out from inside, that’s not a great look,” Finch said.

“Playing cricket for Australia is hard enough as a player, without worrying about all that stuff off the field.

“That’s out of our control, there’s nothing that can be done from our point.

“All we can do is try and get results, because you see everywhere if you get results, things look after themselves more often than not.”

Aussies in 'exciting' T20 World Cup draw

Australia will begin its quest for an elusive T20 World Cup title against South Africa, with the draw for the short-form showpiece announced on Tuesday.

Aaron Finch's men will also meet England and defending champions the West Indies in the Super 12s, with the top two advancing to the semi-finals.

It's the one title that has eluded Australia, who have won the World Cup five times.

Australia, who host England in the Ashes later this year, will get an early crack at their perennial arch-rivals in the round-robin stage, a challenge wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey is embracing.

"Anytime we get to play against England is exciting, we know how dominant they have been in the white-ball format over the last few years," said Carey.

"Coming up against the West Indies recently, we know how tough that can also be. So, we are really looking forward to this tournament."

Australia's Alex Carey says he is confident the team can bounce back from a disastrous tour of the West Indies and Bangladesh at the upcoming T20 World Cup. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Australia's Alex Carey says he is confident the team can bounce back from a disastrous tour of the West Indies and Bangladesh at the upcoming T20 World Cup. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Australia faces an immense challenge following back-to-back T20 series defeats to the West Indies and Bangladesh, hardly the morale-boosting preparation they were seeking.

But Carey says it's an exciting challenge.

"We have waited an extra twelve months for this one and to have it now in the schedule and see the draw that Australia has got is truly exciting."

After the match against South Africa on October 23, Australia meet England a week a later at the Dubai International Stadium followed by the Windies on November 6 at the Abu Dhabi International Stadium.

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