• Langer predictably sticks up for Finch

    Coach Justin Langer has insisted batsman Aaron Finch ‘won’t be far off’ from a return to form later this month.

    Finch perished for just six in Wednesday’s second ODI against India in Adelaide, and for the same score in the series opener last week. He was recently dropped from the Test XI, and was less than impressive in the three T20Is against the Indians previously.

    ‘There are not a lot of players who play all three forms of the game now. This is brand new territory for him. He’s captain of the white-ball teams and playing Test cricket. When he gets going, he scores centuries,’ said Langer.

    ‘He’s working so hard on it. He just needs a few breaks. Every now and then you need a little break, and he’ll be away again.’

    While the right-handed Finch failed, the left-handed Shaun Marsh amassed a superb 131 in a final total of 298 for nine in Adelaide. It was not enough, though, as a superb century from Indian captain Virat Kohli and former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s complementary half-ton ensured victory for the tourists.

    ‘Shaun is turning into a great ODI player. You’d like to see him get tons and win, it would have been a perfect day for him. After not being selected for the next Test series against Sri Lanka, with that pressure a lot of guys can shrivel up, but he hasn’t, he’s stood tall. He’s working really hard, he’s had a couple of good innings now. I’m really proud of Shaun,’ added Langer.

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