Dubai [UAE]: Australia One-Day and T20 International captain Aaron Finch said that he wasn’t surprised after being excluded from the fourth test against India.
With scores of 0, 11, 50, 25, 8 and 3 in the first three games before he was dropped for the final match, Finch simply admitted that he did not have enough runs to justify his selection.
The 32-year old veteran said that with poor batting record in the recent Tests that he played, it would have been an easy call for the selectors to drop him from the final Test.
“I hadn’t got any runs. That’s the reality,” ICC quoted Finch, as saying. Two 50s in five Tests. I said this before when I got dropped from the one-day team, you’d like to have some bullets to fire back but there’s just none when you’ve made two 50s and average 16 for the series. I think it would have been a pretty easy call to be fair,” he added.
Finch will be leading the Australian team during their upcoming three-match ODI series against India.
Players like Chris Lynn and D’arcy Short were a surprise miss from the ODI squad announced for the series but the captain said that the changes were made to tackle the spin bowling during middle overs.
“It’s just an opportunity, where teams are bowling 20-25 overs of spin at us,” Finch said.
“That’s the recent trend, so it’s probably just a different makeup of the side to help navigate through the middle orders. It’s definitely not the end, by any stretch, for Lynny and D’Arcy,” he added.
India and Australia will begin their three-match ODI series from January 12 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.