Having dominated ODI cricket with the willow for quite some time now, Aaron Finch says that playing Test cricket for Australia is his ultimate goal.
While conceding that ambition remains "a long way off" with a number of rival batters as well or better placed should a Test vacancy arise, Finch's recent red-ball form has bolstered his case to be considered.
More specifically, the unbeaten 151 he clubbed for Victoria in this week's thumping JLT Sheffield Shield victory over Western Australia - the highest score he's posted in his Shield career - helped to quieten suggestions his brute-force game is suitable only for cricket’s short form.
A member of the 2015 World Cup winning Australian team besides playing quite a few T20Is, Finch has become of the most accomplished white ball cricketers around the world. Franchise T20 cricket is another of white ball cricket where the Victorian has fully flourished.
"I need to keep making more hundreds," Finch told cricket.com.au on Friday ahead of Victoria's Sheffield Shield match against arch-foe New South Wales that begins at the newly refurbished Junction Oval on Saturday.
"I’ve made quite a few fifties over the last couple of years, and sixties and seventies but not really gone on to get the big match-winning hundred."
"Having represented Australia around 120, 130 times in the other two formats it would be nice to contribute to that in the Tests.It’s still a long way off, there’s a lot of good players in front of me at the moment.But I can just keep trying to put some scores on the board and see how we go from there" added the right-hander.
Finch, whose Shield average for the current season now stands at 46.50, claims that his naturally attacking mode of batting likely helps him make a smoother transition from the shorter formats to the red-ball game at this time of the summer.