Finch hopes selectors not watching the BBL

Aaron Finch says he is unsure whether his poor start to the Big Bash League season could cost him a spot in Australia's one-day squad for the upcoming series against England, but while he concedes his lack of runs for the Melbourne Renegades has not been acceptable, he claims he does not feel out of form.

The Renegades captain was dropped from Australia's ODI side just less than 12 months ago following an underwhelming run of scores in international cricket, but was recalled the next month.

His most recent ODI performances have been strong, with scores of 124, 94 and 32 in three innings during Australia's tour of India in spring. However his form for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield was only middling, and despite promising showings in pre-BBL practice matches the opener has made just 12 runs from three knocks with the Renegades this season. His latest failure was a duck against the Perth Scorchers on Friday night, with Finch edging Perth quick Mitchell Johnson to be caught behind, one of three scalps for Johnson on the night.

It is not unheard of for Australian selectors to take Twenty20 form into consideration when naming an ODI squad. Destructive Brisbane Heat batsman Chris Lynn received an ODI call-up early this year on the back of his run-scoring feats in the BBL, and working in Finch's favour is the lack of an obvious challenger for his spot, other than perhaps Ashes hero Shaun Marsh, whose last ODI appearance was in February.

Finch said it was difficult to know whether the selectors would count his one-day form against him.

"I'm not really sure. I suppose that when guys are probably touch and go, if there's two guys fighting for the same spot, I guess it'd be whoever's in form at the time," Finch said after the Renegades' loss to the Scorchers.

"It's hard to say crossing formats, whether they do take that into account. Hopefully not at the moment!

"I haven't really thought about it to be honest. I'd love some runs, don't get me wrong. Three knocks for 12 runs isn't really acceptable from an opener and the captain. I'd love some runs and I think next game will be it."

Suggesting that an overly tentative approach had cost him early in the BBL, Finch said he didn't feel out of touch.

"Not at all. [I'm] hitting them well in the nets. But I suppose when you take that first risk in a game, if it doesn't come off you look a bit stupid." he said.

The first ODI against England is on January 14 at the MCG. Finch's next chance to get back in the runs comes when the Renegades face the Sydney Sixers in Geelong on Wednesday night.

The Renegades will begin 2018 in a relatively strong position despite losing to the Scorchers, with two wins and a loss for the season to date.

Finch said he thought his side bowled outstandingly against Perth. Having mustered just 9-130 from their 20 overs, the Renegades put the Scorchers under late pressure before Perth got home for a three wicket win with six balls to spare. Things might have been different for the Renegades had Finch's opening partner Marcus Harris not been dismissed for 32. Harris was the victim of an lbw howler, but it was not enough for Finch to argue for the introduction of the decision review system in the BBL.

"[With] the fast pace of the game, I don't think that there's room for it at the moment," he said.

"We bowled 10 overs of spin tonight and we were still three minutes down with an over to spare. I don't know how we can possibly fit a DRS in there and still be running on the clock."

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