Finch has emerged in support for Maxwell © Getty Images
Finch has emerged in support of Maxwell © Getty Images

After Australia captain Steven Smith‘s controversial remarks on why Glenn Maxwell failed to make it to the limited-overs squad against England, Aaron Finch emerged in Maxwell’s support. Smith had earlier said Maxwell’s training techniques were rather ‘funky’ and that he should change them. Maxwell wanted to clarify things with Smith and has said he will sit down with his captain. Finch, now, says Maxwell’s training has been excellent and that he is having a form of his life as far as domestic cricket is concerned.

“In the lead-up to the (Sheffield) Shield season, his training was fantastic and I think his results have reflected that over the last couple of months – just pure output of runs in that format. The way that he’s batting is as good as I’ve seen him in terms of his tempo. He’s playing some really good cricket at the moment. He’s probably changed a little bit from being all guns blazing from the first ball to giving himself a little bit of time,” Finch told cricket.com.au about the matter.

“I suppose the Melbourne Stars have been losing a few early wickets, and that’s allowed him to bat for a bit longer before he has to take a risk. If the opportunity comes he’ll take it with both hands and perform well again,” he added.

With the BBL underway, the Australia cricketers picked for the ODI series will have miss a few matches of the domestic T20 league.

“It’s been a talking point for a few years now. I am sure that everyone in the country would love to see Starc and Cummins and Smith and Warner being available for the Big Bash full-time and guys that go out for the one-day series as well. I think it would be great to see everyone available to play but scheduling is a pretty hard thing to do. You do have to fit cricket in somewhere – it is unfortunate it does have to happen like that. You can make the same arguments for Shield cricket and one-day cricket, making players available the whole time but it’s not possible,” said Finch, who will miss the remainder of Melbourne Renegades’ matches due to national duty.