«If you think back to six months ago, a lot of people were slamming us,» Finch said.
«A lot of people were writing us off.
«When you’re building towards something and you’ve changed a bit of your strategy and game plan, I think it can a little bit of time to develop. It did.»
A remodelled approach to batting, underlined by Usman Khawaja’s call-up after two years in ODI exile, paid big dividends yet again on Sunday.
Another freewheeling Glenn Maxwell masterclass and a 134-run opening stand between Finch and Khawaja powered Australia to 7-327 in the series finale.
Maxwell made a mockery of an under-strength Pakistan attack, scoring 70 from 33 deliveries to earn man-of-the-match honours, while a dehydrated Khawaja top- scored with 98.
Much like the previous dead rubber at the same venue, Pakistan’s chase was promising.
Haris Sohail’s 130 guided his team, who finished at 7-307, to a point where they required 89 from the final 10 overs.
Nathan Lyon snapped a 102-run stand between Sohail and Umar Akmal with a well- flighted delivery, while Kane Richardson claimed the all-important scalp of Sohail.
Finch’s team stunned India last month, becoming the first Australian outfit to fight back from 0-2 and win a five-match bilateral ODI series.
Finch then led the way in the UAE, setting a new record for most runs by an Australian in a five-match ODI series.
«It was probably my most consistent (series),» the man of the series said after scoring 53.
Khawaja was unwell late in his knock, calling for assistance in the 33rd over before chipping a catch to Yasir Shah in the 40th over.
Shaun Marsh (61) kept the scoreboard ticking over and Maxwell made run-scoring look outrageously easy, with 58 of his runs coming from boundaries.
Maxwell, whom coach Justin Langer suggested has the potential to «be Virat Kohli» after match-winning innings of 71 and 98, manipulated the field again through a mix of exquisite timing, power hitting and unorthodox strokes.