Finch praises rookie Australia bowlers


Aaron Finch said Australia's inexperienced bowling attack deserved their share of the credit for Friday's seven-wicket victory over India, a result that puts the hosts 2-0 up in the five-match one-day international series.

Joel Paris (1-40) and Scott Boland (1-64) picked up their first international wickets at the Gabba after failing to strike on debut in the win at the WACA three days earlier.

Kane Richardson (0-61) was unable to add to his tally of eight ODI wickets as Rohit Sharma (124) scored his second century in as many innings in India's total of 308-8.

Australia chased down over 300 to win the series-opener and pulled off the highest successful run chase in an ODI at the Gabba to double their lead, openers Finch and Shaun Marsh scoring 71 apiece and Perth centurion George Bailey finishing 76 not out.

While the batsmen will grab the headlines following another outstanding run chase, Finch said the role played by the bowlers on another flat pitch deserves praise.

"We had found out in Perth that our bowling attack has had less games than Mitchell Johnson by himself. So it is a real credit with the way the guys are applying themselves." he said.

"They are training hard and learning from everyone, using all their resources and fighting it out in the middle.

"They are some really skilful bowlers and down the line they will definitely get their rewards. Joel Paris and Scott Bolland played only their second games, having an impact and taking their first wickets today. Kane Richardson played only his ninth game today and put his hand up.

"It is great to see. It was really exciting for the boys and it is about the guys learning with the ODI World Cup three and a half years away. There is a chance to experiment and get games to the guys, and the selectors are thinking about that."

Josh Hazlewood has been rested for the three remaining ODIs in the series, which Australia can wrap up by winning at the MCG on Sunday.