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Sunday, 25 November 2018

Taylor: Warne wrong to blast Vic's Finch call


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Former Australian captain Mark Taylor has dismissed Shane Warne’s criticism of Victoria’s decision to deny Aaron Finch an opportunity to open the batting in this week’s Sheffield Shield match against Queensland.

Finch is likely to open for Australia in next week’s first Test against India in Adelaide, but won’t be at the top of the order for Victoria this week, with Marcus Harris and Travis Dean expected to occupy the positions.

That decision caused Warne to label his former side a “disgrace,” calling for “common sense” to prevail and Victoria to “do what’s best for Australia.”

But Taylor, himself a former opening batsman, was less concerned.

“I don’t necessarily think it’s a disgrace. I don’t think it’s quite that important,” Taylor told Wide World of Sports.

“There’s word that Finch will bat at three for Victoria, which is OK. What he needs more than anything is good runs in first-class cricket to get his confidence up for the first Test.

“He’s been playing T20 matches for the last couple of weeks, but performances there don’t make a lot of difference in my opinion. It has little bearing on what he’ll be doing at the Adelaide Oval next week.

“If he bats at three or four for Victoria that’s fine. What he needs more than anything is a big score. Fifty overs or so in the middle, giving him plenty of red-ball time against both the quicks and the spinners.”

Taylor also took aim at Warne’s comments that Victoria needed to put the interests of the national side first, suggesting that such an approach would represent a change of thinking from the side that has won the Sheffield Shield in three of the last four years.

“That’s interesting that Warney should say that, because over a number of years Victoria have been more focused on winning trophies at state level than other states have been, and it’s worked out well for them because they won the Sheffield Shield three years in a row before last summer,” Taylor said.

“Some people say that’s a good thing. One of the reasons Pat Howard is no longer at Cricket Australia is because some people believed he focused too much on the Australian outcome and not enough on state cricket.

“There’s a balance to be found, you want state cricket to be competitive and producing cricketers for the national side.

“There’s times when the states can do more to help the Australian side, but in this case Finch is talking about batting three and I think that’s OK.”

The first Test gets underway in Adelaide from December 6th.

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Former Australian captain Mark Taylor has dismissed Shane Warne’s criticism of Victoria’s decision to deny Aaron Finch an opportunity to open the batting in this week’s Sheffield Shield match against Queensland.

Finch is likely to open for Australia in next week’s first Test against India in Adelaide, but won’t be at the top of the order for Victoria this week, with Marcus Harris and Travis Dean expected to occupy the positions.

That decision caused Warne to label his former side a “disgrace,” calling for “common sense” to prevail and Victoria to “do what’s best for Australia.”

But Taylor, himself a former opening batsman, was less concerned.

“I don’t necessarily think it’s a disgrace. I don’t think it’s quite that important,” Taylor told Wide World of Sports.

“There’s word that Finch will bat at three for Victoria, which is OK. What he needs more than anything is good runs in first-class cricket to get his confidence up for the first Test.

“He’s been playing T20 matches for the last couple of weeks, but performances there don’t make a lot of difference in my opinion. It has little bearing on what he’ll be doing at the Adelaide Oval next week.

“If he bats at three or four for Victoria that’s fine. What he needs more than anything is a big score. Fifty overs or so in the middle, giving him plenty of red-ball time against both the quicks and the spinners.”

Taylor also took aim at Warne’s comments that Victoria needed to put the interests of the national side first, suggesting that such an approach would represent a change of thinking from the side that has won the Sheffield Shield in three of the last four years.

“That’s interesting that Warney should say that, because over a number of years Victoria have been more focused on winning trophies at state level than other states have been, and it’s worked out well for them because they won the Sheffield Shield three years in a row before last summer,” Taylor said.

“Some people say that’s a good thing. One of the reasons Pat Howard is no longer at Cricket Australia is because some people believed he focused too much on the Australian outcome and not enough on state cricket.

“There’s a balance to be found, you want state cricket to be competitive and producing cricketers for the national side.

“There’s times when the states can do more to help the Australian side, but in this case Finch is talking about batting three and I think that’s OK.”

The first Test gets underway in Adelaide from December 6th.

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