Former Australia coach Darren Lehmann wants Aaron Finch to bat at No. 5
Finch has scored only 97 runs in six innings at the top of the order.
Updated - Jan 2, 2019 10:27 am
Australia, for the first time, are on the cusp of losing the Test series to India at home. After a thumping loss in Melbourne, a lot of questions are being raised about the team combinations. They have also added Marnus Labuschagne to the squad to bring the second spinner into the equation. However, another topic of debate Aaron Finch’s batting position and the former coach Darren Lehmann wants him to play in the middle-order.
Finch, after starting his Test career on a positive note in the UAE, is struggling at the top of the order in this series. He has mustered only 97 runs in six innings so far at an extremely mediocre average. He bats in the middle-order for his State team and the former cricketers are vouching for him to do wonders.
“My issue with Aaron Finch … I don’t think he should open. But I think he should be playing and in the middle order. He needs an opportunity to play in the middle order and see what he can do. I would have him at No.5,” Lehmann said on Fox Cricket while covering the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) game.
Marsh to be dropped?
Australia are most likely to drop Mitchell Marsh after just one game. Though he bowled well which gave the fast bowlers rest, the all-rounder’s batting came under the scanner. Underwhelming scores might see him out of the Test side yet again and if Finch is dropped down the order, then the other batsmen could move up.
Usman Khawaja has opened before and done well while Shaun Marsh will be the new No. 3 for the hosts. “That’s probably a tough call on Mitchell Marsh because he’s only played the one game. But you need the spinning option and you need the three quicks to knock over the tail. The thing is, you have to get 20 wickets. That’s what you have to do,” Lehmann added.