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Finch likely to stay as opener for Sydney Test despite consistent failures

Australia batsman Aaron Finch, who has been criticized lately for his consistent failures is likely to remain as an opener for the final Test.


Many Australian experts including the former captain Ricky Ponting suggested that Finch should bat in the middle order but coach Justin Langer informed that Finch would remain as an opener and with the inclusion of Marnus Labuschagne in the middle-order, there remains no doubt that Finch’s position will not be changed.

Langer told in the press conference

“Something we’re talking about obviously. He’s having a bit of a lean run of it although he’s got a couple of 50s. Got a 100 run partnership one Test match ago and that set up the whole Test match for us. Finch is a really good player, we know that, he’s great in the team, he’s working harder probably than he’s ever worked and as I’ve said to him for some time he’s in this uncharted territory where he’s the only guy playing all three forms of the game.”

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“We saw Warner do it for a while and Smith do it for a while and he’s a great example of how to prepare now. He’s got to somehow recharge his batteries over and over and over again. It’s a great challenge for him at the moment. He’ll be better for this period I think. Test cricket is about toughness and character and he’ll be better for this period,” he added.

Apart from talking about Finch’s batting position, Langer had to talk several times about the banned trio. When asked to the coach, what he feels like –

“It’s all just part of the soap opera we’re in every day. I feel like a director of a soap opera at the moment, I honestly do. That’s part of coaching – it’s man management, looking after people and caring for people. That was just another distraction last week. There’s different ways you can look at those interviews. so it’s just another part of our day to day job. We’re in touch with the boys all the time, there’s a really good process we’re going to go through to get the boys back into the team. It was great to see Cameron playing last night. It’s part of the soap opera,” Langer concluded.

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