Aaron Finch aims to play in 2023 World Cup even though age is not on his side

Finch also looks forward to getting a fixed spot in the Test format.

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Australian ODI captain Aaron Finch has set a goal for himself to be a part of the Aussie squad for the 2023 ODI World Cup in India.

Aaron Finch is currently 33 years old and he will be more than 36 during the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. He definitely aims to play in the tournament but that depends on his form and fitness. He has decided to take it one series at a time but the main goal is to play in the 2023 mega tournament.

Finch told Sydney Morning Herald, “I'd love to be (playing 2023 World Cup), no doubt. At 33 now, I think my game is in as good a place as it's ever been. That's a definite goal of mine. That will come down to form and fitness; the desire won't be any less than it is.

"I know it's a cliche, taking it one tour at a time, but that's 100 per cent a goal of mine down the track,” he added.

The limited-overs captain for Australia has played 177 games for Australia in white ball cricket but has not yet cemented his place in the Test side. He also aims to be a Test match regular for the Aussies even though it looks like an almost unreal goal.

He said, “It might be more of a dream now than a reality. I still have ambitions of trying to work my way back in there (Tests), but the tough part is trying to get enough four-day cricket to push your case. I missed one game with the Vics (Victoris) through injury, one game was called off, missed one with the T20 series.

Some of the young kids coming through, they're so bloody good. I'd love to play. I suppose the next tour of Bangladesh, that's probably, who knows, that would be up in the air. It's still my No. 1 goal to try and get back into the Test side," he added.

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But he is at a level of maturity where he is ready to quit chasing the Test cricket dream if the selectors have a chat with him and tell him that they don’t look at the opener as one to play with the red ball.

If it got to the point where I had some good chats with the selectors and they couldn't see me playing Test cricket again, that's something you have to consider. Number one is to give yourself the best chance to be playing a format that you're playing, one-dayers and T20s. A little bit of that is respect to the younger players coming through. I don't want to be that guy who is holding up young guys if I'm not going to play Test cricket," he said.

(Inputs from PTI)


By Sameer Deodhar - 11 Jan, 2020

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