It is fair to say that no format of the game challenges a cricketer more than Test cricket. Whether you are a batsman or a bowler, in order to be successful, no other form of the game challenges your technique, ability, skills, patience, perseverance, and versatility like Test cricket does.
You would have seen a plethora of batsmen who look like a million dollars in white-ball cricket, but the minute they make the progression to five-day cricket, they look like a fish out of water. Their techniques are challenged, their confidence is befuddled and their mindset messed up.
Aaron Finch, Australia’s white-ball captain, went through the same ordeal last summer when he was awarded the Baggy Green cap. The swashbuckling white-ball opener’s technique was constantly challenged and following inadequate returns against India, Finch was dropped from red-ball cricket.
Finch has represented Australia in just 5 Tests and has gathered 278 runs including two half-centuries. On the contrary, the 33-year-old has delivered impressive performances while donning the Australian jersey in ODIs. Finch has amassed 4559 runs in 119 ODIs at an average of 40.30 including 15 tons and 24 half-centuries.
So, naturally when Finch was asked by a fan during Q/A session which ball he liked the most facing? Red ball? Pink Ball? Finch’s answer: “white ball”.
White 😂😂 https://t.co/lwN8bLMzAb
— Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) November 29, 2019
Aaron Finch led Australia with aplomb in the 2019 World Cup
Finch had earlier opened up about his ordeal of last summer which he stated as the worst phase of his career.
“To play in Dubai and then come straight back into an ODI and T20 series and Test matches and things like that, its probably been the longest sustained period that I ‘ve played cricket for Australia. In terms of that, it was quite mentally challenging and something that I probably didn’t give the guys who played all three formats of the game enough credit (for) in the past,” Finch was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
However, the Aussie white-ball captain successfully shrugged off his Test match horrors and led his side with aplomb in the fifty-over World Cup, both with his bat as well as a leader.
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