Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch has asserted that he doesn’t see himself playing in Test cricket anymore. Finch, a white-ball legend, last played a Test match in 2018, the year he made his debut.
Incidentally, Finch has confirmed that he wouldn’t be available for selection in next week’s Shield match against Tasmania at the Junction Oval. The dashing opener also revealed that he has no intention to return to Sheffield Shield; thus, putting behind his red-ball career.
Speaking to cricket.com.au, Aaron Finch said, “I don’t think I’ll play again. There’s no point, I’m not going to play Test cricket again so the younger guys in our squad, there’s some really talented players, so there’s no point me taking up one of those spots when they can be getting really valuable game time.”
“I love playing red-ball cricket, but it’s just reality. Unless you’re pushing for a Test match, I don’t really see the point to be honest”, he added.
Aaron Finch played his last Test match against India
Aaron Finch, who made his first-class debut against an Indian touring side in 2007, has scored 4,915 runs at 35.87 in 88 matches, with his highest score of 288 not out coming for a Cricket Australia XI against New Zealand in 2015.
Overall, he has five Test matches, scoring 278 runs at 27.8 with a high score of 62, and played his last game against India in the 2018 Boxing Day Test.
However, Finch is expected to play a crucial role as the Aussie will look to defend the T20 World title later this year at home. The veteran spent some time in the middle on Tuesday after a long haul and was happy how things turned out for him.
“It’s always nice to go into a series getting some runs but that’s still a couple of weeks away so now it’s just down to a couple of weeks of training,” he said.
“I feel like I’m hitting it nicely; I’m just tinkering a little bit with my technique and a few really minor changes, so it’s just about trying to get them implemented as quick as I can,” Finch signed off.