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Ngidi expects stiff task against Finch-led Aussie batting

PERTH - Young South Africa speedster Lungi Ngidi has singled out Australia’s newly-appointed 50-over captain Aaron Finch as a major threat to his side’s chances in the three match one-day international series, which begins in Perth on Sunday. , The 22-year-old has quickly adapted to the rigours of bowling on the international stage since making his South Africa debut in a Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka in January, 2017. With 22 wickets from his first 10 ODIs at an average of 20.45, and a similarly impressive haul in tests, the Durban-born quick has emerged as one of the team s strike bowlers. Ngidi believes Australia s batting unit is replete with big hitters, while Finch is particularly dangerous and will provide the tourists with stiff competition upfront. They come hard at the bowlers, they re very confident players and that s really exciting to see as a bowler, Ngidi told Reuters in an interview. You ve always got to be up for the challenge, you know they re not going to back down, they re not going to give you their wickets. Explosive opening batsman Finch, 31, leads Australia in the shortest Twenty20 format and last week replaced Tim Paine as the leader in the 50-over format. He has scored 11 centuries in 93 ODIs with a strike-rate of over 90. Speaking after a training session at Optus Stadium Perth s iconic new 60,000 seat venue where he is likely to play his first international match in Australia Ngidi said keeping his nerves in check would be a challenge. As a youngster coming into the team (a big crowd) can be a little bit intimidating but I m going to try and keep a level head, try to keep it as cool as possible, he said. I m always excited to play international cricket, I m always excited to get out on to the pitch ... the stadiums, it s a new environment for me, I ve never been here. So that would probably be the most nerve-wracking thing for me. Routers ,

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