Colac is on the cusp of boasting just its second Test cricketer after Aaron Finch was was included in the Australian squad for the upcoming series against Pakistan.
The champion cricketer was named in the 15-man Australian touring party for next month’s tour of the United Arab Emirates.
Ricky Ponting today endorsed Finch as a Test batsman when cricket.com.au spoke to the former Australian skipper.
“I’ve seen Finchy up close and personal over the last seven or eight months during the T20 tri-series last summer and then the ODIs in England,” Ponting
“He understands his own game better than he ever has.”
If the talented batsman earns a Baggy Green, he will be the Colac district’s first Australian Test cricketer since the late Bill Johnston represented the country during the Don Bradman era.
The news would cap off a decorated career for the former Colac West cricketer, who is no stranger to international cricket.
Finch boasts an impressive record for Australia in one-day and Twenty20 cricket, averaging close to 40 runs from his 93 ODIs, while he is currently the top-ranked T20 batsman in the world.
Finch has entered Test calculations after a stunning run of form for Australia in tours of England and Zimbabwe in the short formats, while he played red-ball cricket for Surrey in the English County season.
The hard-hitting batsman has also produced his best numbers at Sheffield Shield level in recent Australian summers.
Finch’s former coach at Geelong and newly appointed Victorian assistant Andre Borovec said Test cricket was Finch’s ultimate goal in the sport.
“It’s always been his dream, he’s never shied away from that goal, and that’s despite the success he’s had in the shorter forms,” Borovec told the Colac Herald in July.
“He’s never wavered from that goal of wanting to represent his country in Test cricket and I’d like to think his recent numbers with the red ball in Shield cricket stack up really well.”
Finch also posted a photo on social media wearing the Australian Test uniform last week.