DUBAI: Australia ended the third day of the first Test against Pakistan well behind in the game, trailing by 325 runs with Pakistan having seven wickets in hand, but Test debutant Aaron Finch hadn’t given up hope completely, reported ICC.
“I thought the way we fought back at the end was a really good effort,” Finch said. “It’s obviously not ideal to lose 10 for 60 through the middle and the last session, but we fought back really well. The game is firmly in Pakistan’s favour but we’re still going to fight hard and hopefully win a game of cricket still if we bowl like we did yesterday and tonight.
“Yesterday even though they got 480 we were brilliant, we stuck at our guns, and also to get them three down tonight. It’s going to be tough to chase down a total or to keep them out but that’s our goal, to keep them out and if we get in that position, who knows?”
Halfway through the day, Finch’s debut had been rolling along nicely, but having made 62 he was brilliantly caught at short mid-on by Asad Shafiq. His dismissal set in motion the aforementioned collapse of 10/60 which saw Australia fall behind, and left Finch ruing the runs left out there.
“It was nice to get a few in the middle, but I probably left us hanging only getting 60,” he said. “If I go on and get 140, 150, and Ussie does the same, then we’re in a different situation. But not to be. Hopefully, in the second innings, we can put some real pressure on Pakistan.
“We had the opportunity to get in. The first 20-30 balls is the hardest in these conditions and we’d done a lot of that hard work and both let it slip. If we kick on like I said, it’s a different game. We both take responsibility for that, we let them bowl at two new batters a lot and that’s unfortunate.”
However, he also credited Pakistan for bowling well rather than just regretting his choice of shot. “They bowled beautifully through a 40-minute period there where we couldn’t get away. They were stump-to-stump with very straight fields, in-out fields that you just can’t get away. It was unfortunate to chip one to short mid-on, but hopefully, next time either go right over the top or keep it on the carpet.”
With Australia likely to begin their battle for survival at some point tomorrow, Finch will get his chance to show what he’s learned soon enough.