Finch wants a permanent starting spot

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Australia opening batsman Aaron Finch hopes the ODI series against India will allow him to cement his place in the side, as the absence of David Warner and Michael Clarke gives him the perfect chance to make his mark.

Australia opening batsman Aaron Finch hopes the ODI series against India will allow him to cement his place in the side, as the absence of David Warner and Michael Clarke gives him the perfect chance to make his mark.

Finch made his debut in January this year and has since played 12 ODIs. Though he averages under 30, his form in the UK was impressive in bursts as he made a huge record-breaking century in a T20 against England, and another ton against Scotland.

With Warner being dropped for the tour to India, and Clarke injured, Finch is eager to help his side replicate the form they showed against England when they won the series two-one.

The 26-year-old Victoria batsman said: "I feel really comfortable around the boys and I'd love to be here a bit longer. I thought I played pretty well in England.

"I didn't score as many runs as I would have liked in the ODIs. But it was a really good series. To win an ODI series against England in their own conditions is always tough."

While the heat is a daunting prospect for the batsman, he says he has enough experience on the sub-continent thanks to various tours and various IPL stints, and feels sure his side can compete against the number one ODI side.

Finch added: "This is about my ninth time to India. It never gets any easier adjusting to the heat, it's obviously stinking hot at the moment, but it's a great place to play cricket, the crowd is so enthusiastic.

"We're going to have to play at the absolute top of our game to get back to number one in the one-day rankings. Hopefully we get some momentum early in the series and really grab it and run with it."

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