Aaron Finch plays a shot for the Melbourne Renegades.
Aaron Finch plays a shot for the Melbourne Renegades. JULIAN SMITH

Finch admits ODI dumping was fair

CRICKET: Aaron Finch has taken his axing from the Australian one-day side on the chin.

The one-time national Twenty20 captain was left out of the 14-man squad announced for the five-match ODI series against Pakistan starting this Friday at the Gabba.

Finch has scored just 215 runs in his past 10 innings in the 50-overs-a-side format.

Fellow veteran George Bailey also lost his spot, with Big Bash League sensation Chris Lynn and incumbent Test No.3 Usman Khawaja coming into the squad.

Finch admitted he couldn't argue with chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns rang him with the news.

"When Trevor rang me, I said 'I can't disagree with you', which is the sad thing,” the 30-year-old said.

"Usually if you get dropped you want to be able to fire back some bullets but I had absolutely nothing.

"I was obviously disappointed but at the same time, I can't really kick cans. I haven't made many runs in the last couple of series. I've got no one else to blame but myself.

"(I've scored) 215 runs in my last 10 hits and that's not really good enough when you've got guys performing well in this (BBL series), (and) performing well in the Matador (domestic one-day cup).”

Opening the batting with David Warner in the recent three-match ODI series against New Zealand, Finch made zero, 19 and three.

His spot at the top of the order is likely to be taken by Khawaja with Steve Smith at No.3 and Travis Head, Lynn, Glenn Maxwell and Mitch Marsh likely to fight for three spots in the middle order.

Finch will instead focus on his role of captaining the fifth-placed Melbourne Renegades, whose BBL campaign took a hit in the local derby against the Stars on Saturday.

They must regroup against the Sydney Sixers on Monday night at the SCG.

Finch made 27 from 13 balls against the Stars and was disappointed he couldn't go on with it as his side attempted to chase down a mammoth 201.

"I've got out when I've almost done the hard work to set up an innings and it's a bit frustrating,” he said.

"I'm hitting them beautifully at the moment. I'm picking up the ball well. I'm just getting out every now and again.

"When someone at the top gets 50, you can bat around them and guys can take risks. I'm not really allowing the side to do that at the moment.”

The fourth-placed Sixers are coming off a three-wicket win over the Brisbane Heat.


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