I think there hasn't been a lot of baggage carried over from the Ashes ... I think everyone's really confident going into the series."
The match was also notable for being the international debut of leg spinner Fawad Ahmed, a former refugee from Pakistan who benefited from a change in the law to get his Australian citizenship in July.
"There's a huge excitement around the group about Fawad playing," Finch said of his Victoria state team mate, who failed to take a wicket and cost 43 runs in tricky conditions at the Rose Bowl.
"He bowled the house down in domestic cricket last year and I think given the conditions, he adapted really well.
"It's never easy when batsmen are trying to attack you so much but he's got a wise head on his shoulders and I thought he did really well today."