The latest Australian to reject the claims made by Michael Clarke in April about the Australians ‘sucking up to their opposition’ against India in the Test series in 2018/19 is Australian ODI captain, Aaron Finch.
The Victoria born right handed explosive opening batsman said that the spirit with which Australian Cricketers played in the 2018/19 Test series against India was absolutely correct and were not trying to be nice to the captain of the opposition, Virat Kohli to land IPL contracts.
Finch told Sports Tak, “They were obviously not being nice to impress because they wanted an IPL contract. There is nothing about it. If you ask anyone playing on the field, they will tell you that it was very, very tough. It was played in the right spirit, but it was very tough. Not sure where it was coming from.”
Finch further added, “The team was going through a transition, and there were a lot of players trying to find their way in international cricket and doing that against India. Talking as a batsman, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, you can’t hide against that kind of attack. Michael said we were being nice, but people were just trying to find their own game, they were trying their best way to play Test cricket. But everyone is entitled to their views; he might have seen something from the outside which we didn’t see from inside.”
India went on the win 2-1, their first ever Test series win against Australia on Australian soil.
Other than Finch, the current Australian Test captain Tim Paine, fast bowler Pat Cummins, former Australian batsman Dean Jones and former Indian batsman VVS Laxman have rubbished such claims made by Clarke.