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Finch: Selectors got it right

Sportal January 6, 2013, 2:46 pm
Aaron Finch

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Australia batsman Aaron Finch has defended Cricket Australia's decision to make wholesale changes for the opening two matches of the ODI series against Sri Lanka.

Finch was one of five inclusions to the squad named on Sunday, while Mike Hussey, Michael Clarke, David Warner, Matthew Wade, Dan Christian and James Pattinson were left out.

Hussey was omitted after announcing his retirement from international cricket last month, while Clarke, Warner and Wade were rested on the back of Test series against South Africa and Sri Lanka.

"I think the selectors have done the right thing by the players," Finch said.

"They're coming off six Tests and some pretty hard Test cricket against the South Africans, so guys do need a rest, they do need to recharge the batteries.

"There's a few guys with some niggles there. I think Wadey was stretching his back out a bit yesterday - he's had some back problems over the last few years - so I don't see any issue with that."

The squad will assemble in Melbourne on Tuesday ahead of the opening ODI clash with Sri Lanka at the MCG three days later.

Finch said the series was the perfect opportunity for untried talent to make a push for selection at the 2015 World Cup.

"There are eight batsmen in the squad, so whoever takes their chance will be right up there," he said.

"We've got exceptional players to come back in like Watto (Shane Watson), Michael Clarke and Warner, so it's a case of who takes their opportunity first."

Finch, who last represented Australia in the Twenty20 arena almost 12 months ago, said he still harboured hopes of a Test debut.

"Anyone who plays cricket wants to play Test cricket for Australia and I'm definitely no different," the 26-year-old said.

"My four-day form has been rubbish this year and probably for the last 18 months, so it's something that I've got to rectify.

"Hopefully this will give me a little bit of confidence to go back and just continue to work hard and play my natural game, which has been working in the shorter forms.

"I can't really put my finger on why it hasn't translated to four-day cricket."

Finch said he had no issue with leaving the Melbourne Renegades on the eve of the Big Bash League finals.

"You never want to give up playing for Australia or miss that opportunity," the Renegades skipper said.

"To miss out on playing a couple of games for the Renegades will be disappointing for me and for the side, but Australian cricket is the number one priority.

"I'd be happy to give that up any day to play for Australia."

Finch has made 497 runs at an average of 99.4 in the Ryobi Cup and 242 runs at a strike rate of 124.7 in the Big Bash League this season.

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