SYDNEY – Opening batsman Aaron Finch is one of the five players yet to earn a baggy-green in 15-member Test squad. While talking to the media he said that he won’t make any radical alterations to his truculent batting approach as the Victorian firms for a long-awaited Test debut against Pakistan next month.
The 31-year-old made his international debut for Australia in a Twenty20 match in 2011 before playing his first one-dayer in 2013 but had never been selected for a test tour.
Finch admitted that he had almost given up on receiving the call from selectors in the Test squad.
“I thought it was not now or never but …if it didn’t happen now it was less likely to happen down the track,” Finch told reporters in Brisbane on Monday. “It was a nice call to get,” he added.
Former captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were suspended earlier this year for their roles in a ball-tampering scandal and Finch told reporters on Monday he realised that had potentially opened the door for him.
Finch has been in outstanding white ball form, he was the highest run-scorer in the recent T20 international tri-series against Pakistan and Zimbabwe with 306 runs at 76.50, including 172 off 76 balls.
The two matches Test series will start from Oct 7 at United Arab Emirates (UAE).