Aaron Finch

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Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch.jpg
Finch in January 2014
Personal information
Full name Aaron James Finch
Born (1986-11-17) 17 November 1986 (age 31)
Colac, Victoria, Australia
Nickname Finchy
Height 174 cm (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Slow left-arm orthodox
Role Opening batsman
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 197) 11 January 2013 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 24 June 2018 v England
ODI shirt no. 5
T20I debut (cap 49) 12 January 2011 v England
Last T20I 8 July 2018 v Pakistan
T20I shirt no. 5
Domestic team information
2007–present Victorian Bushrangers (squad no. 5)
2010 Rajasthan Royals
2011–2012 Delhi Daredevils
2011–present Melbourne Renegades
2012 Auckland Aces
2013 Pune Warriors India
2014 Sunrisers Hyderabad
2015 Mumbai Indians (squad no. 16)
2014–2015 Yorkshire (squad no. 20)
2016–2017 Gujarat Lions (squad no. 16)
2016–present Surrey
2018- Kings XI Punjab (squad no. 5)
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I LA T20
Matches 93 42 172 229
Runs scored 3361 1596 6250 7223
Batting average 38.19 45.60 38.58 35.93
100s/50s 11/18 2/9 15/38 5/51
Top score 148 172 154 172
Balls bowled 158 12 353 221
Wickets 2 0 7 7
Bowling average 68.50 45.42 48.57
5 wickets in innings - - -
10 wickets in match n/a n/a n/a n/a
Best bowling 1/2 2/44 1/9
Catches/stumpings 44/– 15/– 71/– 97/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 21 July 2018

Aaron James Finch (born 17 November 1986) is an Australian cricketer who plays for the Australia national cricket team, currently a T20I captain in his second stint, and the ODI vice-captain.[2] Finch currently holds the record for the highest individual score in Twenty20 Internationals with 172, beating his own record of 156 which he scored against England in 2013.[3][4] In July 2018, he became the first player in T20Is to reach 900-point mark.[5][further explanation needed]

He plays for Victoria, Surrey, Kings XI Punjab and the Melbourne Renegades as captain in domestic level. He also plays 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 Zealanders in a tour match.[6]

Junior career[edit]

Finch used to play at 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.[7]

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.[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[edit]

Aaron Finch's record as captain
  Matches Won Lost Drawn Tied No result Win %
Twenty20 Internationals[15] 14 7 7 0 0 50%
One Day Internationals [16] 2 0 2 0 0 0 0%
Date last Updated: 6 July 2018

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.[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]

Aaron Finch was the first and 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.[18]

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.[19]

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.[20] 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.[21]

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.[22]

In April 2018, he was awarded a national contract by Cricket Australia for the 2018–19 season.[23][24]

On 3 July 2018, Finch scored a blistering knock of 172 during the third T20I of Zimbabwe tri-series against Zimbabwe and became the second Australian to score 2 T20I centuries after Glenn Maxwell.[25] 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.[26][27] 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.[28] 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%.[29][30][31] He hit 10 sixes in the innings during a world record opening stand of 223 in T20I cricket with D'Arcy Short which was ended in the final over.[32][33] The partnership of 223 between Finch and Short is also the highest partnership for any wicket in a T20I and also marked the first ever instance of a 200+ runstand in a T20I match for any wicket.[34] The partnership was also the second highest ever partnership for any wicket in any form of T20, just behind 229 runs set by Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.[35] Australia finally won the match by 100 runs, which is their biggest winning margin in T20Is.[36][37] 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.[38]

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.[39]


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  39. ^ List of players sold and unsold at IPL auction 2016.

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