India vs Australia 1st Test Adelaide: After backing Aaron Finch to open for Australia in the first Test against India at Adelaide, the former Australian captain has picked his starting XI for the Test. The XI features Marcus Harris at the top with Finch, his side comprises of three fast bowlers in Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cumins with Mitchell Marsh being the all-rounder. Nathan Lyon is the only spinner he has picked as expected.Also Read - Virender Sehwag Explains How MS Dhoni Will Help Team India as Mentor of Team India in T20 World Cup
“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,” Ponting was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. Also Read - IND vs ENG: I Am Being Made a Scapegoat For The Cancelled Test, Says Ravi Shastri
Usman Khawaja, who has not been playing for Australia in tests recently has been drafted in the XI by Ponting. It looks like a well-balanced side picked by Ricky Ponting who also knows the Adelaide ground well. Also Read - Glenn Maxwell at 4, AB de Villiers at No 5; Aakash Chopra Predicts Virat Kohli-Led RCB's Playing XI For IPL 2021 in UAE
“Victoria don’t want to break up their opening partnership – I think they should for Aaron Finch’s benefit. I think they should let him open for one game and slide Travis Dean down. Just to give him red ball (practice) opening the batting before he goes into the Test match,” Ponting said. “Finch is a bit of an anomaly really that the last few years he’s done most of his batting for Victoria in the middle order. Then because they go to the UAE where conditions probably weren’t going to be that new-ball friendly they gave him the chance to open.
“So he deserves to stay in the team and open.” Harris has amassed 437 runs at an average of 87 in four Shield games this summer and Ponting threw his weight behind him for the other opener’s slot.