Fast start can set up ODI career: Finch
In-form Victorian Aaron Finch knows a fast start to his one-day international career could prove the difference between a fleeting opportunity and one that stretches to the 2015 World Cup.
Finch, the leading scorer in this season's one-day domestic competition with 497 runs at 99.4, is among several young batsmen called into a 13-man squad to play the first two one-dayers against Sri Lanka.
With regulars Michael Clarke, Shane Watson and David Warner all being rested or overcoming injury, Finch knows that the likes of himself, Phil Hughes and Usman Khawaja will be quickly squeezed out if they fail.
But with selectors having dropped Mike Hussey as they look towards 2015, there's an opening for someone to cement a spot.
"Whoever takes their chance will be right up there," Finch told reporters in Melbourne on Sunday.
"(The World Cup's) obviously a few years away but it's going to come around pretty quick.
"It's guys who put their hand up in big moments in games who will probably keep their spot.
"Obviously you've got exceptional players to come back in like Watto, Michael Clarke, Warner.
"So it's a case of who takes their opportunity first."
The 26-year-old is confident he can do so, given his form in the shorter versions of the game.
His one-day domestic form has carried into the Twenty20 format, where he is averaging 60.5 in the Big Bash League.
"Form just rolls on pretty nicely when you're playing a lot," the Melbourne Renegades skipper said.
The ideal scenario for Finch is an ODI debut at the MCG, where the five-game series against Sri Lanka starts on Friday.
"I feel comfortable there. It will probably help me ease into it a little bit more," he said.
While many of the squad's other batsmen are Test prospects, Finch admitted he didn't yet warrant consideration in the longer format.
"My four-day form's been rubbish this year," he said.