• Finch faces reality of poor form

    Batsman Aaron Finch has reflected on an insufficient stretch of form, after being dropped from Australia’s Test team.

    Finch is still the ODI captain and opening batsman, but was dropped for the final match of the recent four-Test series against India.

    Since debuting against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in October 2018, the talented right-hander managed a mere 278 runs in 10 innings.

    ‘I hadn’t got any runs. That’s the reality. Two 50s in five Tests. I said this before when I got dropped from the one-day team, you’d like to have some bullets to fire back, but there’s just none when you’ve made two 50s and average 16 for the series. I think it would have been a pretty easy call, to be fair,’ said Finch.

    Australia and India will meet for three ODIs this month. The hosts have dropped batsmen Chris Lynn and D’Arcy Short – and recalled veteran seamer Peter Siddle.

    Siddle last played the intermediate format of the international game in November 2010, but impressive form for the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League has yielded a recall.

    The relatively inexperienced Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey and Jhye Richardson have also been included in the squad.

    ‘Teams are bowling 20 to 25 overs of spin at us at the moment in one-day cricket. It was probably just a different makeup of the side to help navigate through the middle overs. It’s definitely not the end, by any stretch, for Lynn and D’Arcy,’ added Finch.

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