Aaron Finch

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Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch.jpg
Finch in January 2010
Personal information
Full name Aaron James Finch
Born (1986-11-17) 17 November 1986 (age 30)
Colac, Victoria, Australia
Nickname Finchy, Phiji
Height 174 cm (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Role Top-order batsman
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 197) 11 January 2013 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 5 February 2017 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no. 5 (was 16)
T20I debut (cap 49) 12 January 2011 v England
Last T20I 22 February 2017 v Sri Lanka
T20I shirt no. 5
Domestic team information
Years Team
2007–present Victoria (squad no. 5)
2010 Rajasthan Royals
2011–2012 Delhi Daredevils
2011–present Melbourne Renegades
2012–present Auckland Aces
2013 Pune Warriors India
2014 Sunrisers Hyderabad
2015 Mumbai Indians
2014–2015 Yorkshire (squad no. 20)
2016–present Gujarat Lions
2016 Surrey
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 79 31 61 155
Runs scored 2,580 1,082 3,423 5,337
Batting average 34.86 38.64 35.28 36.80
100s/50s 7/15 1/7 6/21 11/33
Top score 148 156 288* 154
Balls bowled 115 12 350 310
Wickets 2 0 4 7
Bowling average 47.50 64.25 39.42
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match n/a n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/2 1/0 2/44
Catches/stumpings 36/– 8/– 59/– 62/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 22 February 2017

Aaron James Finch (born 17 November 1986, in Colac, Victoria) is an Australian cricketer who plays for Yorkshire Vikings, Gujarat Lions, Victoria, the Melbourne Renegades as captain and the Australia national cricket team where he serves as T20 captain. Finch is a top order batsman, and occasional left arm orthodox spinner.

Finch currently holds the record for the highest innings in a Twenty20 International match, 156, scored against England on 29 August 2013.[2] He scored his maiden first-class double century on 29 October 2015 while batting for Cricket Australia XI against New Zealanders in a tour match.[3]

Junior career[edit]

Finch used to play at Colac West Cricket Club 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.[4]

Domestic career[edit]

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.[2]

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.[5]

In July 2014, he played for the MCC side in the Bicentenary Celebration match at Lord's.[6] 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.[7][8]

International career[edit]

Aaron Finch's record as captain
  Matches Won Lost Drawn Tied No result Win %
Twenty20 Internationals[9] 9 4 5 0 0 44.44%
One Day Internationals [10] 2 0 2 0 0 0 0%
Date last Updated: 30 January 2017

His hard hitting made Australian selectors to give Finch his first international appearance in T20 International against England on 12 January 2011. After two years, Finch made his first ODI appearance 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.[11] 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.[2] Finch received "Man of the Match" award in a Twenty 20 game against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 14 January 2011. He scored 122 runs.

Aaron Finch was the first & only player to score 150 in a T20I innings and holds the record for the highest maiden ton in T20 internationals (156)

On 3 December 2014 Finch, along with Tom Cooper and Michael Clarke, were three of the pallbearers at Phillip Hughes' funeral.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14] 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.[15]

Aaron Finch was the second fastest to score 1000 runs in T20I history in 29 innings just behind Virat Kohli and was also the fastest Australian to achieve this feat.[16]

Indian Premier League[edit]

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 has been bought by the Mumbai Indians for 530,000 USD in 2015 season, but he couldn't play for the team due to injury. In 2016, he was bought by Gujarat Lions for 150,000 USD.[17]

International centuries[edit]

One Day International centuries[edit]

Aaron Finch's One Day International centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 148 8  Scotland United Kingdom Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom The Grange Club 2013 Won
2 121 19  England Australia Melbourne, Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground 2014 Won
3 109 22  England Australia Perth, Australia WACA Ground 2014 Lost
4 102 25  South Africa Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 2014 Lost
5 109 34  South Africa Australia Canberra, Australia Manuka Oval 2014 Won
6 135 42  England Australia Melbourne, Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground 2015 Won
7 107 56  India Australia Canberra, Australia Manuka Oval. 2016 Won

Twenty20 International centuries[edit]

Aaron Finch's Twenty20 International centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 156 7  England United Kingdom Southampton, England, United Kingdom Rose Bowl 2013 Won

Career best performances[edit]

Batting
Score Fixture Venue Season
ODI 148 Australia v Scotland Grange Cricket Club Ground, Raeburn Place, Edinburgh 2013 [18]
T20I 156 Australia v England Rose Bowl, Southampton 2013 [19]
FC 288* Cricket Australia XI v New Zealanders Blacktown International Sportspark, Sydney 2015/16 [20]
LA 154 Victoria v Queensland Gabba, Brisbane 2012/13 [21]
T20 156 Australia v England Rose Bowl, Southampton 2013 [19]

Awards[edit]

ODI awards[edit]

Player of the series awards[edit]

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 England in Australia 2013/14 Runs: 258 (278 balls: 24×4, 4x6), Ave – 51.60, SR – 92.81
Field: DNB, 2 catches
 Australia Won the series 4-1[22]

Man of the match awards[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 England MCG, Melbourne 12 January 2014 DNB; 121 (128 balls: 12x4)  Australia won by 6 wickets.[23]
2 England MCG, Melbourne 14 February 2015 135 (128 balls: 12x4, 3x6); DNB, 1 catch  Australia won by 111 runs.[24]

Twenty20 International awards[edit]

Man of the match awards[edit]

# Series Season Opposition Match Performance Result
1 Australia in England 2010/11 England 53* (33 balls: 4x4, 2x6); DNB, 1 catch  Australia won by 4 runs.[25]
2 Australia in England 2013 England 156 (63 balls: 11x4, 14x6); DNB  Australia won by 39 runs.[26]
3 ICC World Twenty20 2014 Bangladesh DNB; 71 (45 balls: 7x4, 4x6)  Australia won by 7 wickets.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aaron Finch". espncricinfo.com. ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c John Mehaffey (30 August 2013). "Finch breaks McCullum's T20 world record". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Finch and Carters dominate New Zealand". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 29 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Youth One-Day International Matches played by Aaron Finch (10)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  5. ^ "BBC Sport – Aaron Finch: Yorkshire sign Australia's big-hitting opener". Bbc.com. 2014-02-12. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  6. ^ "MCC v Rest of the World – 5 July". Lord's. 5 July 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Melbourne Renegades power home to beat Brisbane Heat by seven wickets in Big Bash League opener". MSN.com. Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  8. ^ "Melbourne Renegades v Brisbane Heat". cricket.com.au. Cricket Australia. Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  9. ^ "List of Twenty20 Captains". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "List of Twenty20 Captains". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "Records | Twenty20 Internationals | Batting records | Most runs in an innings | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-02-27. 
  12. ^ Lessons of Hughes' life unforgettable in death
  13. ^ "Finch scores 18 ball fifty". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  14. ^ "Sore Wade uncertain for Napier ODI". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  15. ^ "Wade ruled out of Chappell-Hadlee Trophy". ESPNcricinfo. 1 February 2017. 
  16. ^ "Records | Twenty20 Internationals | Batting records | Fastest to 1000 runs | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-02-27. 
  17. ^ List of players sold and unsold at IPL auction 2016.
  18. ^ "Australia tour of England and Scotland, 2013 - Scotland v Australia Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  19. ^ a b "Australia tour of England and Scotland, 2013 - England v Australia Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  20. ^ "New Zealand tour of Australia, 2015/16 - Cricket Australia XI v New Zealanders Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 31 October 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  21. ^ "Ryobi One-Day Cup, 2012/13 - QLD v VIC Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 7 October 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  22. ^ "England in Australia ODI Series, 2013/14 Series". ESPNcricinfo. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  23. ^ "England tour of Australia, 2013/14 – Australia v England Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  24. ^ "ICC Cricket World Cup, 2015 – Australia v England Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 14 February 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  25. ^ "England tour of Australia, 2010/11 – Australia v England Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  26. ^ "Australia tour of England and Scotland, 2013 – England v Australia Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  27. ^ "World T20, 2013/14 – Bangladesh v Australia Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 1 April 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Angelo Mathews
Pune Warrior India captains
2013
Succeeded by
Last Captain
Preceded by
George Bailey
Australian national cricket captain (T20I)
2012–2016
Succeeded by
Steve Smith