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First of all, thanks for such

First of all, thanks for such a rich conversation, delan.

All your points are valid. All I am saying is if one has to try Finch, then now is the best time as there is scope for a new entrant in the Test team. He might not have the best of 1st class records, but it isn't bad either. Going by his current form, if there was a time to try him in the longest format, then its now when his confidence is sky high.

If the selectors are worried about his success in Tests, then they can try him against a weaker opponent and give him/themselves the necessary confidence. Meanwhile, as you said he can hone his skills by playing County/Shield cricket. If he doesn't perform, by all means, selectors can show him the door anytime, like teams/managements all over the world have done to their star T20/ODI players when they didn't pass the big Test.

I believe the Test series against India at home in Dec is an ideal opportunity for 2 reasons. 1) Aus will be playing in their conditions so the Indian spinners won't be as effective as in India. 2) Though Indian fast bowling has improved, its still not unplayable for a player of Finch's caliber. I have a feeling, if given a chance, he will do well against India.

Once he gets the start, from there its up to him to encash the break.


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