Finch to bat at three for Victoria ahead of India Test

Aaron Finch

Aaron Finch will bat at number three in a domestic first-class game for Victoria against Queensland starting in Brisbane on Tuesday as the batsman prepares for Australia first Test against India.

Finch, who made his Test debut opening the batting against Pakistan in the UAE last month, will most likely bat at the top of the order again in the first of four Tests against India starting at the Adelaide Oval on 6 December.

Victoria however did not want to break up their settled opening pair of Travis Dean and Marcus Harris, who was also called up to the Australia Test squad for the first time.

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Finch said on Monday that he had reached a compromise with Victoria coach Andrew McDonald that he would bat a number three in the match against Queensland in what will be his only red-ball practice ahead of the India Test.

The 32-year-old Finch usually bats in the middle-order for his State side in first-class cricket but Australia coach Justin Langer is intent on keeping him at the top in Test matches.

In quotes published on ESPNCricinfo, Finch said: “I’m going to bat at No. 3 in the Shield game I think, I had a quick chat to Andrew McDonald this morning and I think that’s going to be the case.

“[Finch and Harris] have played a fair bit of cricket together now, so whether we walk out to open the batting together for Victoria or Australia or I bat at three, I don’t think it makes too much difference to be honest.

“I’m happy to bat anywhere, whatever the best way I fit into the Victoria side is important for the balance of their side to win games and we’ve had some really good success over the last four or five years, so it’s exciting to be back with them.”

Finch captained the Aussies in the three-match T20I series against India, which ended in a 1-1 draw, with all the games characterised by plenty of support for the touring side in the stands.

The batsman hopes the Australia public comes in the numbers for the four Tests to help the hosts win the series.

Finch added: “There’s certainly a lot of Indian supporters, we know how passionate they are about the game, how loud they are at the game as well.

“It’s just great to see people supporting cricket.

“I think we’ll get that [home support] throughout the summer in the Tests in particular, but the Indian fans are so loud, it’s great for the game, a great atmosphere in the game as well.”