Alex Carey backs Aaron Finch to deliver, defends Glenn Maxwell at No 7
Aaron Finch was dismissed cheaply in the first ODI. © AFP

Australia’s vice-captain Alex Carey has backed Aaron Finch to deliver a good score in the remaining two ODIs against India, while defending the management’s call to bat Glenn Maxwell at No 7.

Since Australia resumed playing ODIs in November, Australia’s limited-overs captain has scores of 5, 41, 11 and 6. In T2oIs, since he smashed a record 172 versus Zimbabwe last July, he has gone 11 innings with a best of 47 while seven times being dismissed between 0 and 7. Test matches included, Finch has two fifties in 25 innings across all three formats since July 2018.

However, his deputy Carey believes that a big score is around the corner.

“Finchy is a really proud Australian cricketer and he wants to bounce back and he wants to score big runs for us,” he told reporters at Adelaide Oval on Monday ahead of the second ODI. “The work he’s doing off the field, he’s so close to really nailing a match-winning innings. His leadership has been fantastic around the group. Having a guy that has made 11 ODI hundreds around our group and an experienced head out. He has been amazing off the field.” (ALSO READ2nd ODI: Australia target improvements, India need a win)

During the opening ODI against India, Maxwell walked out to bat at No 7 in the 48th over and faced only five deliveries, from which he scored 11 runs. Over the past 12 months, Maxwell has batted at No 6 six times but in the last two ODIs has been pushed down a spot, with Marcus Stoinis and Carey sent in at No 6. (ALSO READ: Ending two-year winless run in ODIs ‘would mean a lot’ for Australia: Alex Carey)

The decision to hold back Maxwell, who has a career batting strike-rate of 121.32, did not sit well with Allan Border, who after the SCG game said that the allrounde was being wasted there. In Carey’s view, having a hitter of Maxwell’s ability at the back end of an innings was a big plus.

“To have Glenn Maxwell sitting in the sheds ready to go with two, three overs to go, I think that’s a pretty powerful position for our cricket side to be in,” he said. “He has had lots of opportunities up the top of the order before [so] you could argue the point he should be batting higher. Personally, it’s pretty exciting to have that power hitting later in the innings. He doesn’t need too many balls to make a big impact.”