Aaron Finch

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Aaron Finch
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Finch in 2011
Personal information
Full nameAaron James Finch
Born (1986-11-17) 17 November 1986 (age 35)
Colac, Victoria, Australia
NicknameFinchy
Height1.74[1] m (5 ft 9 in)
BattingRight-handed
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
RoleOpening batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 453)7 October 2018 v Pakistan
Last Test26 December 2018 v India
ODI debut (cap 197)11 January 2013 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI2 April 2022 v Pakistan
ODI shirt no.5
T20I debut (cap 49)12 January 2011 v England
Last T20I5 April 2022 v Pakistan
T20I shirt no.5
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
2007/08–presentVictoria
2010Rajasthan Royals
2011–2012Delhi Daredevils
2011/12–presentMelbourne Renegades
2012Ruhuna Royals
2012/13Auckland Aces
2013Pune Warriors India
2014Sunrisers Hyderabad
2014–2015Yorkshire
2015Mumbai Indians
2016–2017Gujarat Lions
2016–2019Surrey
2018Kings XI Punjab
2020Royal Challengers Bangalore
2022Kolkata Knight Riders
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I T20
Matches 5 135 89 350
Runs scored 278 5,255 2,741 10,564
Batting average 27.80 41.05 34.69 33.96
100s/50s 0/2 17/29 2/16 8/70
Top score 62 153* 172 172
Balls bowled 12 284 12 239
Wickets 0 4 0 7
Bowling average 64.75 52.71
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 1/2 1/9
Catches/stumpings 7/– 63/– 40/– 148/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 19 April 2022

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 (T20I), 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 to reach 900 rating points on the official International Cricket Council (ICC) T20I rankings.[5] He made his Test debut for Australia in October 2018. He is also a part time commentator with Fox Cricket.

Finch plays domestically for Victoria, Surrey and Melbourne Renegades. He is a top order batsman, and occasional left arm orthodox spinner.

Junior and domestic career[edit]

Finch playing for Victoria in 2011.

As a junior, Finch played at Colac West Cricket Club in the Colac & District Cricket Association (CDCA) as a wicket-keeper. A right-handed batsman, he played in the 2006 Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka.[6]

Finch got his opportunity to become established as a regular in the Victorian side in the 2009/10 season. He hit his maiden first-class cricket century against Tasmania at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in a partnership of 212 runs for the third wicket with David Hussey. In October 2012, while filling in as captain, he scored 154 runs at the Gabba against Queensland, a new highest score for Victoria in domestic one day cricket.

After playing for the Melbourne Renegades in the inaugural Big Bash League season in 2011, he captained the side in 2012 and was the Big Bash League player of the year.[4] In December 2015, Finch became the first player to score 1,000 runs in the Big Bash.[7][8]

Finch has played county cricket in England, first for Yorkshire County Cricket Club in 2014 and 2015[9] before joining Surrey from 2016. In July 2018, during the 2018 t20 Blast, he scored 131 not out for Surrey, setting a new record for the highest T20 individual score for Surrey in a county match and hitting the highest T20 score at the Hove County Ground.[10][11][12][13]

Indian Premier League[edit]

Finch has played for a variety of teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He was first selected by Rajasthan Royals in 2010 before going on to play the next two seasons for Delhi Daredevils. 2013 saw him play for Pune Warriors India, 2014 for Sunrisers Hyderabad and 2015 for Mumbai Indians, although his opportunities for the side were limited due to injury. In 2016 he was bought by Gujarat Lions,[14] playing for the side for two seasons, before being bought by Kings XI Punjab in the 2018 IPL Auction. He was released by KXIP at the end of the season and opted out of 2019 IPL season in order to prepare for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[15] He was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of the 2020 season.[16][17] In 2022, Finch was signed by the Kolkata Knight Riders as a replacement for Alex Hales for the 2022 Indian Premier League.[18]

International career[edit]

Aaron Finch's record as captain
  Matches Won Lost Tied No result Win %
Twenty20 Internationals[19] 62 33 26 1 2 55.83
One Day Internationals[20] 44 24 20 0 0 54.54
Date last Updated: 5 April 2022

Finch made his international debut for Australia in a T20I against England in January 2011. Two years later he made his One Day International (ODI) debut against Sri Lanka. In August 2013, Finch set a new record for the highest individual score in a Twenty20 international, scoring 156 runs from 63 balls against England at the Rose Bowl, Southampton.[21] Finch's innings included 14 sixes (also a record) and 11 fours.[4] He was the first player to score 150 runs in a T20I innings.[22] He was awarded the Men's T20I Player of the Year at the Allan Border Medal ceremony by Cricket Australia in 2014.[23]

Finch was selected as part of Australia's 2015 Cricket World Cup squad. In Australia's first group match against England he top scored with 135 runs, helping Australia to a 111 run win. Despite being the top rated T20I batsman, he was dropped for the first two matches of Australia's campaign in the 2016 ICC World T20 before being reinstated for the last two matches of the campaign.

In January 2017, Finch was named as stand-in captain for the first ODI against New Zealand in Australia's tour of New Zealand after Matthew Wade was withdrew from the side with an injury.[24] Before the second ODI of that series Wade was ruled out of series due to a back injury and Finch continued to captain in the remaining matches.[25]

In April 2018, he was awarded a national contract by Cricket Australia for the 2018–19 season[26][27] and in July scored 172 against Zimbabwe, a new record T20I individual score.[28] He hit 10 sixes in the innings during a world record T20I opening stand of 223 runs with D'Arcy Short which ended in the final over of the innings.[29] The partnership was the second highest for any wicket in a T20I.[30][31]

In September 2018, he was named in Australia's Test match squad for their series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates,[32][33] making his Test debut on 7 October.[34] He had his baggy green cap presented to him by Allan Border before going on to score 62 and 49 runs in his two innings in the match.

In April 2019, Finch was named the captain of Australia's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[35][36] On 16 July 2020, Finch was named in a 26-man preliminary squad of players to begin training ahead of a possible tour to England following the COVID-19 pandemic.[37][38] On 14 August 2020, Cricket Australia confirmed that the fixtures would be taking place, with Finch included in the touring party.[39][40]

In November 2020, Finch was nominated for the ICC Men's T20I Cricketer of the Decade award.[41][42]

On 5 March 2021, Finch became the leading run-getter for Australia in T20I format going past David Warner against New Zealand.[43] In August 2021, Finch was named as the captain of Australia's squad for the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup.[44] Finch would then captain Australia to win their maiden T20 World Cup, defeating New Zealand in the final by eight wickets.

International centuries[edit]

During his career Finch has made 19 centuries in international cricket – 17 in One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 2 in Twenty20 International (T20Is) – and sits eighty-first in the list of century-makers in international cricket.[45]

Key

One Day International centuries[edit]

ODI centuries scored by Aaron Finch[46]
No. Score Against Pos. Inn. S/R Venue H/A/N Date Result Ref
1 148  Scotland 1 1 129.82 Scotland Grange Cricket Club, Edinburgh Away 3 September 2013 Won [47]
2 121 dagger  England 1 2 94.53 Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Home 12 January 2014 Won [48]
3 108  England 2 2 97.30 Australia WACA Ground, Perth Home 24 January 2014 Lost [49]
4 102  South Africa 1 1 87.93 Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club, Harare Neutral 27 August 2014 Lost [50]
5 109  South Africa 1 1 85.83 Australia Manuka Oval, Canberra Home 19 November 2014 Won [51]
6 135 dagger  England 2 1 105.47 Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Home 14 February 2015 Won [52]
7 107  India 2 1 100.00 Australia Manuka Oval, Canberra Home 20 January 2016 Won [53]
8 124  India 2 1 99.20 India Holkar Stadium, Indore Away 24 September 2017 Lost [54]
9 107  Australia 1 1 89.92 Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Home 14 January 2018 Lost [55]
10 106  England 2 1 92.98 Australia The Gabba, Brisbane Home 18 January 2018 Lost [56]
11 100  England 1 1 94.34 England Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street Away 21 June 2018 Lost [57]
12 116 dagger  Pakistan 2 2 85.93 United Arab Emirates Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah Neutral 22 March 2019 Won [58]
13 153* dagger  Pakistan 2 2 106.99 United Arab Emirates Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah Neutral 23 March 2019 Won [59]
14 153 dagger  Sri Lanka 2 1 115.91 England The Oval, London Neutral 15 June 2019 Won [60]
15 100 dagger  England 1 1 86.21 England Lord's, London Away 25 June 2019 Won [61]
16 110*  India 2 2 96.49 India Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai Away 14 January 2020 Won [62]
17 114  India 2 1 91.94 Australia Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Home 27 November 2020 Won [63]

Twenty20 International cricket centuries[edit]

T20I centuries scored by Aaron Finch[64]
No. Score Against Pos. Inn. S/R Venue H/A/N Date Result Ref
1 156 dagger  England 2 1 247.61 England Rose Bowl, Southampton Away 29 August 2013 Won [65]
2 172 dagger  Zimbabwe 1 1 226.31 Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club, Harare Away 3 July 2018 Won [66]

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