Glenn Maxwell hopes Aaron Finch gets another shot at Test cricket
Glenn Maxwell (AFP Image)

Australia batsman Glenn Maxwell hopes Aaron Finch gets another opportunity, while adding that it was the opener s own success in the UAE that worked against him after the limited-overs skipper was dropped from the fourth Test against India in Sydney.

Finch, who made his Test debut against Pakistan in the Emirates in October, had a fine series, scoring 181 runs across four innings with two half-centuries. Opening the batting, he fared comfortably against Pakistan, because of which the selectors decided to stick with Finch for the opening slot for the India series. But against a strong pace attack, Finch has struggled scoring just 97 runs from three Tests, 50 of which have come in one innings.

Speculations were rife that Finch would at best be pushed down to the middle order keeping in mind Australia s team composition once the banned duo of Steve Smith and David Warner return, and Usman Khawaja be opening the innings. But then the Playing XI was announced on Thursday, Finch did not find a place with Peter Handscomb and allrounder Marnus Labuschagne drafted into the side.

Australia’s next Test assignment is the Ashes starting late July. Maxwell hopes this is not the last of Finch in Test cricket and that the batsman gets more opportunities to prove himself in the longer format.

“I hope that (being dropped) doesn’t finish Finch off as a Test cricketer and hopefully next time he gets an opportunity he can bat in a position that I think and a lot of Australia thinks he’s more accustomed to,” Maxwell said Thursday.

“He was probably a victim of his own success in the UAE. Having batted so well as an opener there it probably drove the Australia selectors and coaches to put him up there (against India) and I suppose that was fair enough. Hopefully at some stage he gets an opportunity to bat in the middle order and show the class he does have.”

Regarding his own comeback into the Test team, Maxwell feels he may have to wait before getting a game again. Maxwell last played a Test against Bangladesh in August last year, and was ignored for the three Tests in South Africa and another two in the UAE.

“They (selectors) think that I’ve got enough opportunities to have shown what I’ve got in the Test arena, and they weren’t happy with what they saw,” Maxwell said.

“Look, if I can pile some more runs on at the back end of this summer who knows, but, yeah, it’s too hard to concentrate on anything too far ahead. They’ve picked their squad at the moment and I wish them all the best. I’ll be watching I love watching the game so I’ll be still watching them.”