Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Finch hopes for one more shot at Test cricket


CANBERRA: Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch wants to have one more go at Test cricket, having struggled for the most part in Test whites so far. “For me personally, it’s about probably having one really good crack at trying to get back to the Test team again,” Finch told SEN Radio. “The young guys who came in and did well throughout the back half of last summer did a really good job. I still think that I’ve got one really good crack at it left in me.” Part of the national set-up since 2011, Finch forayed into Tests only last year, playing five games between October and December 2018. Unfortunately, that coincided with a dip in batting form across formats – Finch managed just two fifty-plus scores in 10 Test innings, while in ODIs, there was just one notable score in his first nine innings in 2019, before he hit back-to-back centuries against Pakistan in Sharjah in March.

Now, with a successful World Cup under his belt (507 runs at 50.70), where he was No.2 among Australia’s top scorers behind David Warner, a return to the longest format is Finch’s next mission. Finch was excluded from the Sri Lanka Tests earlier this year, and Kurtis Patterson made an impact on his maiden tour in Finch’s place, slamming an unbeaten ton in only his second innings for Australia. With Travis Head and Joe Burns also notching up centuries, Finch has seen the competition rise. He acknowledges the need to play a string of first-class matches and assemble substantial scores if he fancies a return to the Test fold.

Currently, he is featuring for Victoria in the Marsh One-Day Cup. “Obviously [I will] just try and get some runs, get some big runs. That’s my plan,” said Finch. “I think the young kids who have come in have taken their opportunities, Kurtis Patterson and Travis Head, these guys have come in and done reasonably well when they’ve played.” Finch opened in all of his five Tests, as opposed to the middle-order roles he primarily occupies for Victoria.

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