Aaron Finch and Steven Smith during ICC World Cup 2015 semi-final against India © Getty Images
Aaron Finch and Steven Smith during ICC World Cup 2015 semi-final against India © Getty Images

Australia’s Glenn Maxwell axing left the batsman in shock and disappointed. Answering the critics, Australia’s opening batsman Aaron Finch has a warning to give away to his teammate. He believes captain Steven Smith is guaranteed a spot in Australia ODI team for sure. Maxwell’s omission turned out be a surprise for many when Australia announced their squad for ODI series against Sri Lanka. The all-rounder was dumped after a run of low scores but Finch said it signaled a resounding statement from the Australian selectors. In his absence, an opportunity has emerged in Australia’s middle-order and Finch feels debutant Travis Head can bring the difference. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 1st ODI at Colombo (RPS)

Finch spoke to cricket.com.au and said, “Besides the skipper (Steven Smith), no one else is really guaranteed a spot in the side. You have to be performing all the time. You just have to keep getting the business done and if you don’t, there’s always someone breathing down your neck for your spot. When you’ve got young guys performing well, Travis Head went to England and got 175 (for Yorkshire) and played well in the last domestic one-day summer, there’s always someone breathing down your neck. So you have to be performing all the time, or have a real lot of credits in the bank.” ALSO READ: How easy is it being Steven Smith?

Finch is hopeful that Australia could seek redemption after their worst-ever Test series defeat against Sri Lanka, “The guys are very disappointed with the Test series and how that went. So the fresh guys coming in for the one-dayers, it’s our job to really pick up the energy and start at training. But we’re still very confident coming into this one-day series. We haven’t actually seen the (Test-squad) guys a hell of a lot. So this will be our first chance as full squad to get together. Understandably, the guys would have been disappointed but that’s history.”

Finch believes that Australia can rely on their pace attack after Mitchell Starc’s outstanding performance in the Test series, “When you look at our bowling line-up you’ve got the skills of Mitchell Starc bowling fast and swinging it, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Coulter-Nile, these guys who run in and hit the wicket. That can be such a valuable asset, especially with two new balls. Generally in the subcontinent you get a bit of skid with the brand-new ball.”