Australian white-ball skipper Aaron Finch is looking forward to see talented young batsman, Will Pucovski, make his Test debut in the foreseeable future. Finch believes that Pucovski should be handed the coveted ‘Baggy Green’ at a young age so that he can learn and develop from the ups and downs that he will face during the course of his career.
Finch cited his own example, explaining how making a Test debut at a later stage can prove detrimental for their career, especially if he fails to make the most of the opportunity.
Aaron Finch made his Test debut at the age of 32 in the wake of the Newlands ball-tampering scandal that saw established opener, David Warner, cope a 12-month ban along with Steve Smith. His Test career, however, lasted just 5 matches as he failed to counter the moving ball against the Indian pace attack in the 2018 home summer, forcing these selectors to drop him mid-way through the series
“When you have your first chance at 32 and you miss that trick, there’s probably not a huge amount of scope to get back into that side. So I would’ve loved to have that opportunity at 25 because I think the lessons that I learned from that were crucial in my development – not just as a player but as a person.” Aaron Finch said during a virtual press-conference on Thursday.
“I think when you’re talking about young guys – especially hugely talented guys like Will – there’s going to be ups and downs in their careers no doubt. So I think being exposed to the highest level early on, I think that might seem tough at the time if things don’t go well straightaway. But the lessons that you learn from that, the way that you approach the game – the way you approach it mentally probably more than anything – I think is some really valuable lessons, and something that can’t really be taught.” he added.
Will Australia continue with Joe Burns or will he dropped in favor of Will Pucovski?
Will Pucovski has divided the Australian cricket fraternity following his swashbuckling form in Sheffield Shield where he racked up back-to-back double-hundreds for Victoria. Pucovski was named in the Test squad following which a plethora of former Australian cricketers has called for the youngster to take the incumbent Joe Burn place as the second opener.
Burns endured meager returns in Shield cricket but his opening partner David Warner and head coach Justin Langer have thrown their weight behind the right-hander, indicating that he might just start the summer ahead of Pucovski. The duo is set to play in the practice games ahead of the 1st Test and performances in those matches might just prove to be the clincher for either of them.