Tough decision to leave Aaron Finch out of playing XI - Darren Lehmann
Australian coach Darren Lehmann stated that it was a tough call to leave former Twenty20 International captain Aaron Finch from the team which played against New Zealand in their first match of the ICC World T20.
Finch, who has over 4000 runs in his T20 career is currently the top-ranked player in the ICC rankings for T20I batsmen, with 841 rating points.
In the place of Finch, Australia decided to include Usman Khawaja, who top scored in the New Zealand encounter with 38 runs from 27 balls.
Admitting that it was a tough call to leave Finch out of the playing XI, Lehmann hinted that Australia may opt for a change in the batting line-up for the next game.
“Very tough (to leave Finch out of the XI).
“Aaron has played very well in T20 cricket.
“We just wanted the left, right-hander (opening combination).
“That could change for next game.
“Everyone says you’ve got to be settled and all those things but at the end of the day you’ve just got to pick the best side for the conditions.”
It was Khawaja who started Australia’s chase against New Zealand in a positive fashion by hitting six boundaries in the first four overs.
However, the 29-year-old was run-out while responding to a call of two runs from David Warner and Lehmann feels that Khawaja should learn to refuse calls for non-existent runs.
“He’s just got to get better at running between the wickets, all the little things we didn’t do well enough,” Lehmann said.
“It’s not unfortunate, he can say no.”
Australia’s second game in the ongoing 2016 World T20 is against Bangladesh and the match will be played on 21st March in Bangalore.
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