Australia’s gun all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is hopeful that Aaron Finch gets another chance to prove his mettle in the red ball version. Finch was dropped from the ongoing fourth Test match against India after he could not deliver the goods while opening the batting. The right-hander had scored a fine fifty in the first innings of the second Test match.
However, apart from that innings, Finch could not come up with goods. In fact, many former players believed that Finch was a like Fish out of water when he was asked to open against the new ball. They believed that Australia’s ODI and T20I captain would have been a better option in the middle order.
Finch could deliver the goods while opening the innings.
Glenn Maxwell believes Aaron Finch will prove his mettle in the red ball version if he gets to bat in the middle order.
“I hope that (being dropped) doesn’t finish Finch off as a Test cricketer and hopefully next time he gets an opportunity he can bat in a position that I think – and a lot of Australia thinks – he’s more accustomed to,” Maxwell said on Thursday.
In fact, Finch had a perfect start to his Test career when he impressed in his debut series against Pakistan. Thus, Glenn Maxwell believes he was the victim of his own success. However, there is a day and night difference between the conditions of UAE and Australia.
Finch had a good start to his Test career.
“He was probably a victim of his own success in the UAE. Having batted so well as an opener there it probably drove the Australia selectors and coaches to put him up there (against India) and I suppose that was fair enough. Hopefully, at some stage, he gets an opportunity to bat in the middle order and show the class he does have.”
On the other hand, Glenn Maxwell believes he wasn’t able to live up to the expectations when he got his chance in the Test format. Maxwell is looking forward to his opportunities.
“They (selectors) think that I’ve got enough opportunities to have shown what I’ve got in the Test arena, and they weren’t happy with what they saw,” Maxwell said.
“Look, if I can pile some more runs on at the back end of this summer who knows, but, yeah, it’s too hard to concentrate on anything too far ahead. They’ve picked their squad at the moment and I wish them all the best. I’ll be watching – I love watching the game – so I’ll be still watching them.”
Meanwhile, India has put itself in the dominating position as they scored 303 runs on the opening day of the final Test match.