Ricky Ponting is not impressed with Aaron Finch’s batting in Tests
He also questioned the quality of coaching and further added that there is a need to improve the coaching.
Updated - Dec 8, 2018 8:14 am
Team India scored 250 in the first innings of the first Test match of the series. Looking at that score the Australians would’ve wanted to build a take a good first innings lead. For that to happen, they needed their openers Aaron Finch and debutant Marcus Harris to get them off to a stable start. Considering the fact that Harris was playing his first International match, the onus was on Finch who has a lot of experience in the limited-overs format.
Aaron Finch played a poor shot in the first over, as he was bowled by Ishant Sharma. He went chasing a wide inswinger, inside edged it and deflected it back onto his stumps. As a result, the Indians had an opening right at the start of the innings. The shot was irresponsible considering the situation, which raises doubts about Finch’s ability in Tests.
Finch bats in the middle order in the domestic cricket, but he was asked to open in the UAE Test series against Pakistan. He performed reasonably well in the conditions which don’t aid fast bowlers. Based on that former Australian captain Ricky Ponting was not impressed with team management’s decision to open with him.
“I think this problem has been created by picking him to open in the UAE. “It’s the easiest place in the world to be an opening batsman over there, as we know. And he did reasonably well over there which meant … they had to pick him to open the batting coming back here. What was the long-term objective to open the batting with him over there?” Ponting told cricket.com.au
He further added that Finch needs to do a lot of work on his batting if he wants to succeed in Test cricket. “The shot we saw today is not what a good Test match opener should do the third ball of the innings. The new ball on that wicket was always going to be the hardest time to bat and he went for a hardcover drive. Sometimes that can happen, but he’s got a lot of work to do, I think,” he added
Ponting disappointed with the current crop
Ponting was also disappointed with the Australian batting effort in the first innings against India. He pointed out that the shot selection of some of the batsmen was really poor. The former right-handed batsman lamented the fact that very few Aussie batsmen are doing well in domestic cricket. He also questioned the quality of coaching and further added that there is a need to improve the coaching.
“It’s pretty hard to accept that we have 10-15 batsmen in Australian first-class cricket and only a couple of them average over 40. That’s unacceptable as far I’m concerned. So you’ve got to look at the levels of coaching on the way up and what’s not happening and try and find ways to improve it.” Ponting continued.