‘He deserved one more chance’: Darren Lehmann isn’t happy with a change in the Test team
Former Australian coach Darren Lehmann believes Aaron Finch should’ve been retained in the Test team.
The 32-year-old Victorian made way for Marnus Labuschagne in one of two changes for the SCG Test, while Usman Khawaja moved up the batting order to open with Marcus Harris.
Finch largely struggled during the Boxing Day Test, scoring a combined 11 runs in his two innings.
But rather that continue to open the batting, Lehmann told Macquarie Sports Radio Cricket he would have liked to see Finch move into the middle order but not lose his place in the side altogether.
“I would’ve like to see him get that opportunity at number five,” he said.
“Selecting is a really tough job but I thought Finch would’ve deserved deserved one more chance in the middle (order) to see what it’s like, especially at the SCG.”
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Ian Chappell said Labuschagne’s inclusion in the side was “symptomatic” of Australia’s current batting woes.
“Just looking at the stats, Australia has only got one batter averaging in the 30s,” he said.
“There’s no wonder they’re 2-1 behind in the series.”
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