Ricky Ponting surprises everyone by making a U-turn on Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch, much like Indian openers, KL Rahul and Murali Vijay got out playing a loose drive. He bagged a three-ball duck. Ishant Sharma sent his off and middle-stumps for a walk after Finch inside-edged a booming in-swinger from India's experienced bowler on to his stumps.
Former Australian captain, Ricky Ponting, who had vouched for Finch as an opener in lead-up to the four-match Test series against India has now taken a U-turn by questioning his place in the team as an opener.
Ponting feels opening in UAE is perhaps the easiest of all places. “I think this problem has been created by picking him to open in the UAE. It’s the easiest place in the world to be an opening batsman over there, as we know. And he did reasonably well over there which meant… they had to pick him to open the batting coming back here," Punter told cricket.com.au
The former World-Cup winning captain also raised his concerns regarding Finch in next year's Ashes. He added, “What was the long-term objective to open the batting with him over there? Everyone knows he struggles a little bit against moving the red ball and we have a series here and an Ashes series not too far away, and the ball’s going to move around a lot when we’re over in England.”
In the build-up of the series, Ponting had cited that Finch can be successful in Tests and should open against India.
"He's (Finch) had a lot of success around the world opening the batting in T20s and one day internationals — if he can go in with a similar mindset and not worry too much about opening the batting in a Test match in Australia against the red ball, I'm sure he'll have some success. So he deserves to stay in the team and open." Ponting was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au
It is a bit surprising from Ponting to be changing his opinion on Finch just after one failure.