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Aug 5, 2014
Former Australia pacer Jason Gillespie believes that right-handed batsman Aaron Finch is ready to be pushed into the Test arena. Finch, who has now become a regular face in the Australian limited-overs side, has not really tasted success in the First-Class cricket wherein he averages around 30.
Gillespie is the coach of English County side Yorkshire and under his guidance, Finch smashed three centuries in five matches in First-Class cricket, garnering as many as 291 runs.
Gillespie terms Finch’s contribution as outstanding and says that Australia should consider him for Test cricket.
“I’m convinced he could play a role for Australia in the Test side in that middle order, if not opening. A good counter-attacking batsman who puts pressure back on the bowlers; I think they’re like absolute gold,” Gillespie was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia’s (CA) website.
“He’s certainly someone the Australian selectors should look at. Forget his first-class record; put that out of your mind. You just have to look at what the lad can bring to compliment the Australian cricket team and I think he brings a lot with his bat and his leadership around the dressing room,” Gillespie added.
“He’s very vocal in team chats, he’s got some very good ideas and I think he’d rise to the challenge of Test cricket and do very well,” he continued.
Finch averaged a poor 15.45 for Victoria in the last three years in the Sheffield Shield, and was even dropped from the side when he had just returned from South Africa tour back in 2011 and failed to reach double figures in five outings.
But the stint with Yorkshire may help him turn around the tables as he has been able to lift his average to 48.50 in five matches. His good run continued when Finch smashed 181 from 143 balls for Marylebone Cricket Club against Rest of the World at Lord’s.
“You need an absolute clarity of role with Aaron. If a player has got absolute clarity and knows exactly what their role is, they’ve got a much better chance of succeeding. All we spoke about was being really positive. Regardless of the situation, if you see a bad ball, you put it away. And that’s his real strength. Whether you walk in at 4-30 or 4-300, it doesn’t matter. If you get a bad ball, you put it away. I believe that’s the best way for him to play,” Gillespie said.
The former Australian pacer also backed Finch’s leadership skills. ”He was an important member of our side and a valued member. For his contributions on the field, in the dressing-room, around the lads at training and his work ethic was absolutely outstanding. He’s a leader. Without having the c next to his name he is a leader and I think he could make a very good first class captain,” Gillespie concluded.
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