Australia’s opener Aaron Finch is under fire after failing to provide starts in both the innings of the Test series opener at Adelaide. India sealed a victory by 31 runs and took a 1-0 lead in the four-match series. There have been questions hovering over his spot in the side. However, Andrew McDonald has thrown his unconditional support behind him
Well, the stroke-maker Finch was undone by Ishant Sharma on both occasions. Moreover, his scores of 0 and 11 didn’t help matters. The 32-year-old was castled in the first innings and got trapped up in front in the second innings.
Aaron Finch failed to Ishant Sharma in Adelaide:
Finch got a life after Ishant’s foot was found over the line but soon perished after failing to take up the Decision Review System (DRS) which could have extended his stay.
In the final over before tea, Finch moved forward to tackle the spin from Ravichandran Ashwin. The ball hit his pad and was caught by gloveman Rishabh Pant. Later on, the real-time Snicko and Hot Spot technology found no evidence, but Finch decided to walk back to the pavilion.
The Victorian started off with a gritty fifty against Pakistan earlier this year in the Test fold. He was touted to be the ideal man for the current phase in Australian cricket. He along with Usman Khawaja forged some crucial stands in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in October.
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Adding to it, Victoria coach McDonald backed Finch at the hour of crisis.
“We’re one Test match in and there’s a lot of noise around it, so I don’t really understand the noise around it,” McDonald told Melbourne radio station SEN on Wednesday.
“I think let him play and judge him over a period of time. We’re very quick to judge players in that environment, he would have been nervous and he’s got to settle into Test cricket in Australia,” he added.
In addition to, McDonald said that not too long back viewers were showering praise at the veteran cricketer and few failures here and there shouldn’t call for a knee-jerk reaction.
“At the moment it’s a little bit of an overreaction on the back of a couple of innings,” he said.