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India vs Australia | 'Didn’t Have the Courage to Stick to it' - Finch Reflects on Disappointing Test Series

Aaron Finch said the call to drop him for the fourth and final Test against India was justified and he wasn't surprised by Australian selectors' decision. The 32-year-old managed scores of 0, 11, 50, 25, 8 and 3 in the first three matches before being left out of the Sydney Test.

Cricketnext Staff |January 8, 2019, 8:19 AM IST
India vs Australia | 'Didn’t Have the Courage to Stick to it' - Finch Reflects on Disappointing Test Series

Aaron Finch said the call to drop him for the fourth and final Test against India was justified and he wasn't surprised by Australian selectors' decision. The 32-year-old managed scores of 0, 11, 50, 25, 8 and 3 in the first three matches before being left out of the Sydney Test.

“I hadn’t got any runs,” Finch said after leading the Melbourne Renegades to a win over Hobart on Monday.

“That’s the reality. 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.”

"There was a period there I was home for 12 days in eight months, which makes it really difficult. It's not ideal to be dropped, obviously ... but it (the break) was really nice."

The discarded Test opener top scored with 42 as Melbourne Renegades defeated Hobart Hurricanes by six wickets in BBL 2018-19. Finch revealed he barely touched a bat between the Melbourne Test and BBL encounter, something he wish he should have done earlier rather than training too hard.

“In the past I’ve been very good at being able to manage how much I hit, how much I train in terms of working on feeling good versus working on technique, trying to work on footwork patterns and stuff,” he said.

“It was my choice to keep hitting balls. You’re searching for form, you’re searching for something, and you don’t want to walk out after getting out in a Test match or a one-dayer, or anything, and think ‘jeez if only I had have hit some more balls’. That was a really hard thing to do, to not bat. I know that I’ve had success not batting in the past. I just didn’t have the courage to stick to it.”

The Test squad for the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka will be announced on Wednesday and Finch said he hasn't yet been contacted by the selectors.

Finch is set to lead Australia in the three-match ODI series against India, and talking about the omission of Chris Lynn and D'Arcy Short from the squad, he said: "It's just an opportunity, where teams are bowling 20-25 overs of spin at us.

"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."

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