Aaron Finch says Australia will be braced for a dogfight with New Zealand as he seeks to lead his team to their first ever Twenty20 World Cup victory.
Australia take on the Black Caps in Dubai in the early hours of Monday morning (AEDT) after an enthralling winning run chase against Pakistan in the semi-final.
Their opponents saw off England, the heavy favourites for the tournament, to reach the decider and Finch knows Australia will have to be at their best if they are to get the result they want.
“Any time you play New Zealand you know how great a contest it’s going to be,” Finch said.
“They’re so disciplined in all three facets of their game.
“Their fielding is outstanding and they are a team you have to be on for all 40 overs if you’re going to get over the line.
“They are really well led by Kane (Williamson) and regardless of how they’re going they seem to hang around for long enough in any kind of contest and wear you down.
“They fight and scrap in every situation and they’re a great side.”
It’s not been smooth sailing for Australia against the Kiwis in recent times.
New Zealand won the last T20 series between the two sides 3-2 earlier this year with Devon Conway and Martin Guptill proving devastating with the bat.
The good news, for Australia at least, is Conway will be unavailable after breaking his hand while punching his bat in frustration after being dismissed in the win over England.
Despite his absence, Finch stated that Australia would still have to be at their best if they were to claim their first T20 World Cup.
“Conway has been such a consistent player for them,” he said.
“He plays spin really well through those middle overs so that will be a big loss.
“But they have a really good squad and whoever they bring in for that role will still be a really big challenge.”