Mon, May 29, 2017 | updated 06:37 PM IST

'Disappointed' Finch takes blame for ODI axing against Pakistan

Updated: Jan 08, 2017 10:50 IST      
'Disappointed' Finch takes blame for ODI axing against Pakistan

Sydney [Australia], Jan.8 (ANI): Explosive Australian batter Aaron Finch, who has been axed from the squad for the upcoming five-match ODI series against Pakistan, has admitted that nobody but himself is to be blamed for his omission from the team.

Finch, along with experienced Australian batsman George Bailey have been sidelined for the ODI series against Pakistan, while uncapped fast bowler Billy Stanlake and Chris Lynn have been included in the 16-man line-up.

Bailey has scored one fifty in his past 10 ODIs while Finch has scored four fifties in his last 18 innings.

After his BBL team, the Renegades, were thrashed by cross-town rivals Stars on Saturday, Finch said, "I was disappointed but I can't really kick cans. I haven't made may runs in the last couple of series. It's something like 215 runs in 10 hits and that's just not really good enough. When you have guys performing well in this [the BBL] and the Matador Cup - of course I'm disappointed but I have no one to blame but myself."

"They just said make some more runs," ESPNcricinfo quoted Finch as saying. "When Trevor [Hohns, the interim head of the selection panel] rang me I just said 'I can't disagree with you, which is the sad thing'. Usually when you're dropped you want to be able to fire back some bullets but I had absolutely nothing!"

The 30-year-old has made 144 runs in the four BBL innings this season but again fell when set against in Saturday's match, making 27 in his side's 46-run defeat.

Despite helping his franchise qualify for the finals of the BBL, Finch said he did not take any consolation in being able to stick around rather than joining up with Australia.

"I don't really see that as a silver lining, no. You never want to be dropped, and any time you get an opportunity to play for Australia you take it with both hands no matter what's happening around you. I'm disappointed not to have that opportunity now but I only have myself to blame. I can't be too disappointed," he said.

"I need to stop making 30s and 20s and start making match-winning scores. I haven't done that. I'm trying to get the side off to a good start but I've got out when I've done the hard work, which is frustrating."

The explosive right-handed batsman insisted that at the moment he is just getting out despite hitting the balls beautifully.

"I'm hitting them beautifully at the moment and picking it up well but just getting out. I got deceived a bit for length today but that happens when you're going hard in a T20," he said.

"When a guy gets in at the top everyone can bat around them but I'm not doing that at the moment - I'm exposing new batsmen at once, which is not ideal," he added.

Australia squad: Steven Smith (capt), David Warner, Pat Cummins, James Faulkner, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.

The five-match series will begin on January 13 at the Gabba and will end on January 26 at the Adelaide Oval. (ANI)

Tendulkar lone Indian in Younis' best Test XI

Updated: May 29, 2017 18:02 IST     

Melbourne [Australia], May 29 (ANI): Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar is the only Indian to have been named in former Pakistan cricketer Younis Khan's all-time Test XI.

Full Story >>

Surprised at being asked to open batting: Luke Ronchi

Updated: May 29, 2017 17:01 IST     

London [UK], May 29 (ANI): New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi has admitted that he was surprised to be handed the opening slot along with Martin Guptill during his side's 45-run defeat at the hands of India in their Champions Trophy warm-up game at the Oval on Sunday.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 29 (ANI): Justice Mukul Mudgal has backed the central government's decision not to play bilateral cricket series with arch-rivals Pakistan.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 29 (ANI): Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official Rajeev Shukla on Monday reiterated that India will not play any bilateral series with Pakistan without getting consent from the central government.

Full Story >>

Johannesburg [South Africa], May 29 (ANI): Former South Africa batsman Richard Levi has been recovering well after being hit on the head during a county match in England.

Full Story >>

IPL has helped Stokes to mature as cricketer: Botham

Updated: May 29, 2017 14:19 IST     

Melbourne [Australia], May 29 (ANI): With just three days left to the commencement of hosts England's Champions Trophy campaign against Bangladesh, former skipper Ian Botham has said that in-form all-rounder Ben Stokes has developed mentally as a player after his successful maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) stint.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 29 (ANI): As the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) prepares to meet the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to discuss the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two countries in 2014, Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Monday asserted that there cannot be a bilateral series between the two nations until there is terrorism from the Pakistani side.

Full Story >>

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], May 29 (ANI): Indian men's hockey team skipper Manpreet Singh has insisted that the upcoming 3 Nations Invitational Tournament in Germany will provide them with the opportunity to assess their performance and get ready for the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi Final to be played in London.

Full Story >>

Asian Junior Tennis Championship begins in Pune

Updated: May 29, 2017 11:40 IST     

Pune (Maharashtra) [India], May 29 (ANI): Asian Junior Tennis Championship 2017, which is the most reputed tennis championship in the Asian circuit for the under 18 category, has today begun in Pune, Maharashtra.

Full Story >>

Ibrahimovic's agent unsure about forward's Man Utd return

Updated: May 29, 2017 11:29 IST     

London [UK], May 29 (ANI): Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent has admitted that he doesn't know whether the striker will be back at Manchester United next season.

Full Story >>

London [UK], May 29 (ANI): Manchester City are close to signing Benfica goalkeeper Ederson Moraes for a fee reported to be 34.9 million pound.

Full Story >>

Dougie Brown appointed UAE head coach

Updated: May 29, 2017 10:37 IST     

Dubai [UAE], May 29 (ANI): Former England and Scotland all-rounder Dougie Brown has been appointed as the head coach of UAE.

Full Story >>

Karachi [Pakistan], May 29 (ANI): Former Pakistan cricketer Younis Khan believes that the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side has the ability to beat India in the much anticipated high-voltage Champions Trophy encounter scheduled to be played on June 4 at Edgbaston.

Full Story >>

Mangalore (Karnataka) [India], May 29 (ANI): The second edition of the 'Indian Open of Surfing' came to a picturesque finish as the Sasihithlu Beach reveled with cheers for the participating surfers in the finals on Sunday.

Full Story >>

London [U.K.], May 28 (ANI): India defeated New Zealand by 45 runs through the Duckworth-Lewis method in its first warm-up match of the Champions Trophy played at the Oval, Kennington on Sunday.

Full Story >>

UTT announces franchises for inaugural season

Updated: May 28, 2017 18:25 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 28 (ANI): The Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT), India's newest sports franchise league, promises to be a sporting breakthrough with a number of top franchises confirming their participation.

Full Story >>

Neroca gets '10 out of 10' as former stars hail success

Updated: May 28, 2017 18:20 IST     

Imphal (Manipur) [India], May 28 (ANI): Former Manipuri stars lauded Neroca FC's feat of winning the Second Division League and becoming the first Club from the State to scale the height.

Full Story >>

Kerber suffers shocking first round exit at Roland Garros

Updated: May 28, 2017 18:18 IST     

Paris [France], May 28 (ANI): World No. 1 Angelique Kerber on Sunday suffered a shocking straight-sets defeat Russian Ekaterina Makarova to bow out of the French Open in the opening round itself.

Full Story >>

Premier Futsal all set to go global

Updated: May 28, 2017 18:01 IST     

Dubai [UAE], May 28 (ANI): Premier Futsal, the most watched Futsal tournament in the world, is all set to go international with Season Two of the home-grown sporting event.

Full Story >>

French Open: Kvitova makes winning return to tennis

Updated: May 28, 2017 17:20 IST     

Paris [France], May 28 (ANI): Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova entered the second round of French Open after beating American Julia Boserup in straight sets on Sunday.

Full Story >>