"Starc, Cummins, Hazlewood, between them they've had a big workload from the World Cup into the Ashes, and Josh coming off a bit of an injury. They're going to Pakistan shortly, so we felt that was important for them to stay at home"Aaron Finch
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Aaron Finch's move away from opening might become more frequent but do not expect Australia's white-ball captain to displace Mitch Marsh at No. 3.
Eyebrows were raised when Ashton Agar opened in place of Finch in Australia's T20I victory against Sri Lanka on Tuesday night. Part of the thinking was to stretch the batting line-up as much as possible and leave Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade at Nos. 6 and 7 respectively to give them more continuity in those roles after their pivotal performances in Australia's T20 World Cup success.
"We're just trying a few different combinations to see where we land and get a bit more information with the World Cup (this year)," Finch said. "I think Mitch Marsh did a pretty amazing job of batting at three during the World Cup and throughout the West Indies and Bangladesh tours as well."
Finch is one of Australia's finest-ever limited-overs openers, but instead came into bat at first drop in Canberra. The 35-year-old sees himself batting as low as No. 5 if needed, something he has done for Australia back in 2018, as the team plans towards defending their World Cup crown on home soil.
Marsh, a hero in Australia's World Cup triumph in the UAE last year, is sitting out the five-match series against Sri Lanka to prepare for the upcoming Pakistan tour. But Finch and interim coach Andrew McDonald are keen to tinker with new combinations and plan for all scenarios ahead of this October and November's bumper T20 tournament.
"I could potentially bat five in the next couple of games, although the coach isn't too excited about that prospect but it's something we'll talk through and see what we want going forward," Finch said.
"Starc, Cummins, Hazlewood, between them they've had a big workload from the World Cup into the Ashes, and Josh coming off a bit of an injury," Finch said. "They're going to Pakistan shortly, so we felt that was important for them to stay at home and get out of the (bio-security) bubble for a day or two."
Australia's Test squad will gather in Melbourne after Sunday's T20I series finale before getting ready to embark on the historic tour of Pakistan.