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Aaron Finch

Aaron James Finch (born 17 November 1986) is an Australian international cricketer who captains the Australian cricket team in limited overs cricket.[2] Finch currently holds the record for two of the three highest individual scores in Twenty20 Internationals, with his score of 172 against Zimbabwe in July 2018 beating his previous record of 156 against England in 2013.[3][4] In July 2018, he became the first player in T20Is to reach the 900 rating mark on the official T20I rankings.[5] He made his Test debut for Australia in October 2018.

He plays for Victoria, Surrey, Kings XI Punjab and the Melbourne Renegades as captain in domestic level. Finch is a top order batsman, and occasional left arm orthodox spinner. He is the fastest Australian to reach 10 ODI centuries. He scored his maiden first-class double century on 29 October 2015 while batting for Cricket Australia XI against New Zealand in a tour match.[6]

Junior and domestic career

Finch used to play at Colac West Cricket Club in the Colac & District Cricket Association (CDCA) as a junior where he was a wicket keeper for his side. A right-handed batsman, he played in the 2006 Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka.[7]

Finch playing for Victoria in 2011.

Finch got his opportunity in the State side in the 2009/10 season. He hit his maiden first class century against Tasmania at the MCG. He combined with 3rd wicket partner David Hussey for a contribution of 212. He was eventually out caught behind for 102.[citation needed]

Aaron Finch made a promising start to the 2010 Airtel Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa, for Victorian Bushrangers.[citation needed]

On 7 October 2012, while filling in as captain, Finch struck a record 154 runs at the Gabba against an unthreatening Queensland bowling attack. This is the highest score for a Victorian in domestic one day cricket.

Aaron Finch played for the Melbourne Renegades in the inaugural Big Bash League season in 2011. In 2012, he became the captain of the Melbourne Renegades, and was the Big Bash League player of the year.[4]

On 11 February 2014, Yorkshire County Cricket Club announced the signing of Finch and that he will join up with Yorkshire in May 2014, after the conclusion of the Indian Premier League season.[8]

In July 2014, he played for the MCC side in the Bicentenary Celebration match at Lord's.[9] Finch top scored with 181 not out, as the MCC XI won the match by 7 wickets.

On 20 December 2015, Finch became the first player to score 1000 runs in the Big Bash League, achieving this by scoring 65 runs from 45 balls in a man of the match performance against the Brisbane Heat.[10][11]

On 14 July 2018, during the 2018 t20 Blast he smashed an unbeaten knock of 131 runs for Surrey, the highest T20 individual score set by a batsman for Surrey in a county match.[12][13][14]

International career

Aaron Finch's record as captain
 MatchesWonLostDrawnTiedNo resultWin %
Twenty20 Internationals[15]31161300255.17%
One Day Internationals [16]28171100060.71%
Date last Updated:8 November 2019

His hard hitting abilities made the Australian selectors give him his first international appearance in T20I against England on 12 January 2011. After two years, he made his ODI debut on 11 January 2013 against Sri Lanka. On 29 August 2013, Finch set a new record for Twenty20 international cricket for the highest ever T20I individual score, when he scored 156 runs off 63 balls for Australia against England at the Rose Bowl, Southampton.[17] Finch's innings included 14 sixes (also a record) and 11 fours. The previous record was 123 runs, scored by Brendon McCullum of New Zealand.[4]

He is the first player to score a 150 in a T20I innings and holds the record for the highest maiden ton in T20 internationals (156). He was also named in the T20I XI by Cricinfo for his performances in 2013 [18].

On 3 December 2014 Finch, along with Tom Cooper and Michael Clarke, were three of the pallbearers at Phillip Hughes' funeral.[19]

He was also awarded the Men's T20I Player of the Year at the Allan Border Medal ceremony by the CA in 2014.[20] He was named in the T20I XI of the year 2014 by Cricbuzz.[21]

Finch was selected as part of Australia's 2015 Cricket World Cup squad. In Australia's first group match against England, Finch's World Cup debut with Australia, Finch top scored with 135 runs, helping Australia to a 111 run win, and earning man of the match honours in the process.

Although Finch was rated as the No. 1 batsman in international T20 cricket, he was dropped for the first two matches of Australia's campaign, by Lehmann and Mark Waugh, the Australian selectors on duty, for the 2016 ICC World T20. Eventually, he was reinstated for the last two matches of Australia's campaign.

On 31 August 2016, Finch scored the joint fastest half century by an Australian in ODIs. He achieved this feat against Sri Lanka in Dambulla by reaching to 50 run mark in 18 balls and equaled Simon O'Donnell's 26 year old feat.[22]

On 30 January 2017, Finch was named as stand-in captain for the first ODI against New Zealand in 2016–17 Chappell-Hadlee Trophy, due to Matthew Wade was withdrew from the side after pulling up sore from training on match evening.[23] Before the second ODI, of that series Wade was ruled out of series due to back injury and Finch continued to captain in the remaining matches.[24]

He was the second fastest player to score 1000 runs in T20I history just behind Virat Kohli a milestone which he achieved in his 29th match and is the fastest among Australians to achieve this feat.[25]

In April 2018, he was awarded a national contract by Cricket Australia for the 2018–19 season.[26][27]

On 3 July 2018, Finch scored a blistering 172 during the third T20I of Zimbabwe tri-series against Zimbabwe and became the second Australian to score 2 T20I centuries after Glenn Maxwell.[28] His score stands as the highest individual score of T20Is of all time and also the second highest individual score in across all forms of T20s, beating his own previous record of 156 and also the highest individual T20I score by an opener.[29][30] His knock of 172 is also the highest individual score set by a captain in a T20I innings which was previously held by Shane Watson and Finch also went onto become the only batsman to score 2 T20I 150+ scores in T20I cricket.[31] Finch also created a new record for facing the most number of balls by a player in a T20I innings (77) and also accumulated the highest percentage of runs by a single batsman in a team total in any T20 match with 75.1%.[32][33][34] He hit 10 sixes in the innings during a world record opening stand of 223 in T20I cricket with D'Arcy Short which ended in the final over.[35][36] The partnership of 223 between Finch and Short is also the 2nd highest partnership for any wicket in a T20I and also marked the first ever instance of a 200+ run-stand in a T20I match for any wicket.[37] The partnership was also the third highest ever partnership for any wicket in any form of T20.[38] Australia finally won the match by 100 runs, which is their biggest winning margin in T20Is.[39][40] During the match he also shattered the record of Herschelle Gibbs for scoring most number of fours by a player in a completed T20I innings with 16.[41]

In September 2018, he was named in Australia's Test squad for their series against Pakistan.[42][43] He made his Test debut for Australia against Pakistan on 7 October 2018.[44] He had his baggy green cap presented to him by Allan Border. On debut, Finch made 62 and 49 in the first and second innings respectively.

He was also named as captain of the T20 XI of the year 2018 by Cricinfo and was named in the Year XI by Cricbuzz. [45][46] He was also awarded the Men's T20I Player of the Year at the Allan Border Medal ceremony by the CA in 2018.[47]

In March 2019, he became the 29th Australian player to play 100 ODI matches, he achieved this feat while playing against India in the 1st ODI at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. In April 2019, he was named the captain of Australia's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[48][49] With his commendable captaincy, Finch impressed Michael Vaughan in World Cup 2019. [50]

Indian Premier League

Finch was first drafted into the Rajasthan Royals squad in 2010. He was picked up by the Delhi Daredevils IPL franchise in the 2011 IPL Player Auction for US$300,000. He continued with them for two seasons and was later picked up by Pune Warriors India in 2013. He had two half centuries and a Player of the Match award to his name in the 2013 Indian Premier League. On 12 February 2014, he was bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL Player Auction for 640,000 USD. Finch was bought by the Mumbai Indians for 530,000 USD in the 2015 season, but he could not play for the team due to injury. In 2016, he was bought by Gujarat Lions for 150,000 USD.[51]

Finch was bought by Kings XI Punjab in the 2018 IPL Auction. He was released by KXIP at the end of the season. Finch decided he would opt out of IPL 2019 so that could prepare for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[citation needed]

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