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Aaron Finch keen to earn the Baggy Green

Aaron Finch keen to earn the baggy green
Aaron Finch is eager to earn his maiden Test call-up by putting in the hard yards for Victoria in the upcoming domestic cricket season.
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Australian batsman Aaron Finch is eager to earn his maiden Test call-up by putting in the hard yards for Victoria in the upcoming domestic cricket season.

Finch, who is the captain of the Australian Twenty20 International side, has been a regular fixture in the One-Day International format, opening the batting alongside David Warner.

Having made his international debut for Australia in 2011, Finch has so far played 52 ODIs and 22 T20Is, but is yet to make his Test debut.

Finch is currently slated to play five consecutive Sheffield Shield games for Victoria between late October and early December.

“I’d grab any spot available,” he said.

“(This season) does give me a great opportunity to play a lot of Shield games in a row, and playing the Matador Cup as well is going to be really good.

“It gives us a lot of cricket leading into the Australian Test summer, I suppose after the New Zealand series, so whoever is in good form is going to get picked if the spot is there.”

Following the retirement of a number of senior players in the past 12 months, several Test spots have opened up in the Australian team.

The selectors have currently picked a young squad consisting of players like Cameron Bancroft and Joe Burns for the tour of Bangladesh.

Though the players on the Bangladesh tour will have a better chance of cementing a Test spot, Finch is confident that his time will come if he makes enough runs in the domestic cricket.

“If I make enough runs and an opportunity arises, I just want to be in the best form and position to take that role.

“The guys who are in Bangladesh obviously have got the first crack at it and no doubt they’ll play well.

“I think it’s just a case of blokes being in form at the right time.” 

Finch has been a consistent batsman in the 50-over format for Australia, having scored 1,865 runs at an average of 38.06 including six hundreds and nine fifties.

The Victorian believes that he can translate his ODI form into the Sheffield Shield matches, which will ultimately help him come closer to a maiden Test call-up.

“I’ve played well in one-day cricket in the last few years and I don’t see any reason why I can’t translate that into Shield runs.

“We’ve seen in the past they are picking guys (for Tests) out of one-day cricket, because if you’re making runs in international cricket, no matter what form, it means you can play at the level.” 

Finch has suffered a slew of injuries in 2015 including a torn hamstring, a bruised lung and a broken foot.

Nevertheless, Finch made a recovery to put his hand up for selection when David Warner was ruled out of the recently concluded ODI series against England with a broken finger.

Finch ended up scoring 138 runs from three ODIs against England earlier this month, including two fifties, at an average of 69.00.

The 28-year-old felt that time away from the game due to injury gave him time to clear his mind and improve his technique.

“I suppose being injured gave me a chance to really work on my technique and change a couple of things I think I needed to.

“Being away from the game a little bit gives you a clear mind.

“I felt quite comfortable and relaxed with my technique.” 

Finch was the fourth highest run-getter for Australia in the 2015 World Cup with 280 runs from eight matches, including a hundred and a fifty apiece.

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