AUSTRALIA TOUR OF INDIA, 2019
Cricbuzz Staff •
“But you have to think about what is worse, dropping him now or dropping him in the middle of the World Cup?” – Chappell. © Getty
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell feels that Aaron Finch‘s terrible run of form has given the Australian selectors a ‘hell of a headache’ and that the opener’s inclusion in the Test squad, in October last year, was ‘probably the worst thing that happened’ to him.
Finch may have started his Test career on a good note, with scores of 62 and 49 against Pakistan in Dubai, but his form has rapidly slid since then. That fifty against Pakistan is one of only two half-centuries he’s made since October 2018, the other coming against India in Perth. In the shorter formats, his run scoring has nearly dried up. He’s only scored 158 runs in the 17 innings since his Test debut, having crossed 15 only twice.
The severe drought has left the selectors, who are already trying out different options at the top of the order alongside Finch, with serious questions regarding the current ODI and T20I captain’s slot in the side. Since October last year, Australia have tried out seven different openers for white-ball cricket, but none of them has stuck in and cemented his position. They even pushed Finch down to number three in the recent T20I series against India, but the right-hander could only score 0 & 8 in his two innings.
“It’s a hell of a headache for the selectors,” Chappell told Wide World of Sports. “But you have to think about what is worse, dropping him now or dropping him in the middle of the World Cup?”
“Probably the worst thing that happened to Aaron Finch was playing Test cricket,” Chappell said. “Certainly India worked him out in the Test matches, and that flowed on into the one-day series. He’s playing like a man without much confidence. You get the feeling confidence was such a huge part of his one-day batting, and I’m not sure if one score against Pakistan in the UAE is going to restore that, especially if he continues to struggle through the rest of the Indian series.”
Chappell also felt that Pat Cummins could take over the reins if the selectors decide to drop Finch from the squad.
“He’s probably the outstanding candidate. They might be forced to go with Cummins, but it’s not an ideal situation and it’s a hell of a headache for the selectors. And it’s a headache that’s been looming ever since Finch started to struggle.”