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Thursday, 3 January 2019

'Finch deserved another chance'


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Former Australian coach Darren Lehmann expressed disappointment that the selectors didn't stand by Aaron Finch for the fourth Test against India.

"I would’ve like to see him get that opportunity at number five," Lehmann told Macquarie Sports Radio.

"Selecting is a really tough job but I thought Finch would’ve deserved one more chance in the middle to see what it’s like, especially at the SCG."

Australia's limited-overs captain averaged only 16.16 and passed 50 just once in an underwhelming first series on home soil.

Lehmann's sentiment was echoed by Victoria coach Andrew McDonald.

The question remains whether Finch - dismissed by pace bowlers five out of six times against India - would have fared better in the middle order as has long been the case for Victoria, who are adamant he is not suited to opening.

"Would I have loved to have seen him get an opportunity in the middle order? The answer to that's probably yes," McDonald said.

"Did I love seeing him play Test cricket? Yes - so if he wasn't going to bat in the middle, I would have preferred him to open than not play at all.

Aaron Finch

"Justin [Langer] thought he was the right man for the job at that time ... it didn't quite work out.

"They've obviously made some changes now but I still think he's good enough to play Test cricket."

Finch's vulnerability against the new ball was exposed brutally in the first Test in Adelaide when he was dismissed for a third-ball duck, losing two of his stumps while attempting a loose cover drive to an Ishant Sharma delivery.

"We see him being him destructive against the ball that's probably not moving as much," McDonald said.

"The higher up you go, you get tested with the way you play and we believe that for Victoria he can really take down spin.

"We think he's a really good player of spin and he can turn games at four, five and six."

Finch will represent the Melbourne Renegades in their BBL clash against the Hobart Hurricanes on Monday before returning to Sydney for the ODI series against India.

His availability beyond that depends on whether he is picked for the Tests against Sri Lanka - a series that will play a key role in cementing Australia's squad for the Ashes.

- with AAP

Former Australian coach Darren Lehmann expressed disappointment that the selectors didn't stand by Aaron Finch for the fourth Test against India.

"I would’ve like to see him get that opportunity at number five," Lehmann told Macquarie Sports Radio.

"Selecting is a really tough job but I thought Finch would’ve deserved one more chance in the middle to see what it’s like, especially at the SCG."

Australia's limited-overs captain averaged only 16.16 and passed 50 just once in an underwhelming first series on home soil.

Lehmann's sentiment was echoed by Victoria coach Andrew McDonald.

The question remains whether Finch - dismissed by pace bowlers five out of six times against India - would have fared better in the middle order as has long been the case for Victoria, who are adamant he is not suited to opening.

"Would I have loved to have seen him get an opportunity in the middle order? The answer to that's probably yes," McDonald said.

"Did I love seeing him play Test cricket? Yes - so if he wasn't going to bat in the middle, I would have preferred him to open than not play at all.

Aaron Finch

"Justin [Langer] thought he was the right man for the job at that time ... it didn't quite work out.

"They've obviously made some changes now but I still think he's good enough to play Test cricket."

Finch's vulnerability against the new ball was exposed brutally in the first Test in Adelaide when he was dismissed for a third-ball duck, losing two of his stumps while attempting a loose cover drive to an Ishant Sharma delivery.

"We see him being him destructive against the ball that's probably not moving as much," McDonald said.

"The higher up you go, you get tested with the way you play and we believe that for Victoria he can really take down spin.

"We think he's a really good player of spin and he can turn games at four, five and six."

Finch will represent the Melbourne Renegades in their BBL clash against the Hobart Hurricanes on Monday before returning to Sydney for the ODI series against India.

His availability beyond that depends on whether he is picked for the Tests against Sri Lanka - a series that will play a key role in cementing Australia's squad for the Ashes.

- with AAP

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