Justin Langer names the most destructive player of white-ball Cricket
But his form has only fallen since last October when he made his Test debut.
Updated - Mar 1, 2019 6:14 pm
Just ahead of the ODI series, the Australian coach Justin Langer has been all praises about the limited-overs captain Aaron Finch. And it is justified given to Australia’s current situation. Finch hasn’t reached a single half-century in the past 19 innings and that’s a matter of worry. But his form has only fallen since last October when he made his Test debut.
Finch’s batting is definitely not Test Cricket material but the pressure of the longest format has affected his batting in limited-overs. However, Langer still rates him above other destructive batsmen and is rooting for him to make an impact in the ODI series that starts on Saturday, March 2.
While Justin Langer is fully aware of Finch’s barren patch in terms of his batting, the coach is all convinced about Finch’s leadership skills. Since Steve Smith and David Warner has been in exile, a lot of responsibilities have been burdened on Finch. Langer lauded the T20I series win in India as a colossal advance to Finch’s leadership.
“Another important part about leadership is that he’s really consistent. We haven’t seen any real change in his personality or his attitude around the group, so that’s a real credit to him. That’s why he is the captain of the team,” Langer said.
“There’s no more destructive player in the world” – Langer on Finch
“He’s such a good player, such a good person, captain of the team, we know he’ll come good,” Langer was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au in Bengaluru on Thursday. Since his Test debut in October, Finch has been out of form and has scored 5, 41, 11, 6, 6, and 14 in his last five ODIs. There have been growing concerns about Finch’s form after scores of 0 and 8 in the recently concluded two-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series against India. We just got to keep giving him plenty of care and support. We know he’ll come good.”
“There’s no more destructive player in the world – we talk about ‘Maxi’ (Glenn Maxwell), Marcus Stoinis, a number of our players who can be so destructive – but when he’s going, he is as destructive as a player as there is in white-ball cricket,” Langer concluded.