Aaron Finch, 33, has made his future crystal clear. Finch wants to feature in the limited-overs format till 2023 World Cup in India but has decided against playing Test cricket ever again. The limited-overs captain has said that he does not thinks he will be playing the longest format ever again based on two things.
Finch said that the decision to not feature in Test cricket again comes as a result of lack of opportunities as their are a lot of young talents to fill in the place especially at the top order. He had last featured in Test cricket in 2018 during the series against Pakistan.
“In terms of red-ball cricket, I don’t think it’s realistic to play Test cricket again,” Finch was quoted as saying cricket.com.au.
“Just based on two things: the amount of opportunity to play four-day cricket and force a claim, I think, is going to be really limited; and also the young batters coming through, there are some seriously good players in Australia, especially top-order batters.” Finch has played only five Tests in his career while he has featured in 126 ODIs and 61 T20Is.
Finch has however got a chance to revamp his career due to the novel coronavirus pandemic situation. Finch, 33, said earlier that he might go on to play for Australia till the 2023 World Cup in India as the time away from the cricket field as helped him to asses his game.
Finch said that his end date at this final stage will be the 2023 World Cup in India and he has set that date as a goal. The top-order batsman also added that he had the date fixed in his mind but the pandemic situation has given him time to get a better clarity on it.
Before the Covid-19 break, Australia last featured in a home series against New Zealand, which was disrupted and brought to a halt to the situation. Finch will be next seen in action during the Australia tour of England.
The tour has been confirmed by ECB and will consist of three T20Is and as many ODI matches. It was originally slated to take place in July, but the due to the coronavirus outbreak had to be rescheduled.
Finch has featured in 126 ODIs and 61 T20Is for Australia. He averages over 41 in the 50-over format and scored at an average of nearly 39 in the shortest format.