'Think that I've got one really good crack at Test cricket left' – Finch
Aaron Finch says he wants one more shot at Test cricket after having an unsuccessful stint in the longer format of the game.
Finch was included in the Test side for the Pakistan series in UAE when the likes of Warner, Bancroft and Smith were serving their suspensions for role in ball-tampering.
Finch played two Tests against Pakistan and then featured in three home games against India before getting dropped from the side.
So far in his five Tests, he averages a mediocre 27.80.
"For me personally, it's about probably having one really good crack at trying to get back to the Test team again," Finch told SEN radio station
"The young guys who came in and did well throughout the back half of last summer did a really good job. I still think that I've got one really good crack at it left in me.
Finch has a chance to press his case for Test selection as David Warner and Marcus Harris haven’t been able to muster a lot of runs at the top of the order recently.
‘Plan is to get big runs for Victoria’
There are four Sheffield Shield games for Finch to bolster his chances before the first Test against Pakistan. However, with limited overs fixtures against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, it is likely that he’ll be missing one first-class match.
"Obviously [I'll] just try and get some runs, get some big runs there. That's my plan.
“I think, the young kids who have come in a taken their opportunities, Kurtis Patterson and Travis Head, these guys have come in and done reasonably well when they've played.
"Kurtis got a hundred in the last Test that he played. Will Pucovski and that whole crop of young batters who are coming through are so talented, so I think I've got one more push in it for myself. If it doesn't happen then it doesn't happen. I'm comfortable with that. It will be nice to play a few Shield games in a row to be fair. It's been a while since I've played more than one in a row."
Finch added that Matthew Wade’s heroics in the final Ashes Test gave him a desire to represent Australia in the longer format.
However, where he bats for Victoria in Shield cricket remains a point of discussion with a lot of quality players.
"We haven't spoken about that just yet.
"There's a lot of quality players in Victoria at the moment so getting a game might be the first start. I think middle order will probably be my preferred spot.
“I know doing the opening duties last summer was one of first times I'd really done it in the longer format but you take any opportunity you can when you play for Australia."