Aaron Finch

Australia
Age
November 17, 1986 (35 years)
Role
Batsman
Birth Place
Colac, Victoria
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
Australia
Bowling Style
Slow left-arm orthodox

Born in Colac, Victoria, Aaron Finch, unlike the more prodigious David Warner, had to work his way up the ladder to become the mainstay in Australia’s batting lineup. He became a regular in the Victoria team in 2009 – 2010 and was an instant hit, making his national debut two years later, in 2011. After nearly a decade of international cricket, Aaron Finch has become an established star, even being appointed skipper in the shorter formats of the game.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
-
5
3
Bowling
-
-
-

Team played

Australia, Australia A, Auckland, Surrey, Yorkshire, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians, Victoria, Australia Under-19, Australian XI, Pune Warriors India, Melbourne Renegades, Ruhuna Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Marylebone Cricket Club, Trinbago Knight Riders, Cricket Australia Invitational XI, Cricket Australia XI, Gujarat Lions, Australians, Northern Superchargers

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
134
130
3
5257
153
41.39
5949
88.37
17
35
523
126
T20I
77
76
10
2468
172
37.39
1640
150.49
2
16
248
107
Test
5
10
0
278
62
27.8
618
44.98
0
2
30
1
IPL
86
84
6
1973
88*
25.62
1540
128.12
0
14
201
74

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
134
21
284
259
4
1/2
5.47
64.75
71
0
0
0
T20I
77
2
12
27
0
-
13.5
-
-
0
0
0
Test
5
1
12
8
0
-
4
-
-
0
0
0
IPL
86
5
43
67
1
1/11
9.35
67
43
0
0
0

T20I career

There is no shadow of a doubt, Aaron Finch has thrived the most in the format he made his Australia debut in. In T20Is, the hard-hitting Victorian opener has 1989 runs in 61 matches at an average of 38.25 and a strike rate of about 150. The name of the legendary player will definitely never be forgotten as he holds the record for two of the existing three highest scores at the international level in T20 cricket.

Aaron Finch and his record-breaking 172 against Zimbabwe in 2018 is the highest score in T20Is and the second highest in all T20s. Finch smashed 10 maximums in his innings which involved a record opening stand of 223 runs with D’Arcy Short.

He also made 156 against England in 2013 which even today remains the third-best score in T20Is. Finch has established himself in the Australian T20I setup at the top of the order alongside David Warner.

Finch’s numbers in T20I cricket are so impressive that there are only few openers who have struck at the rate he has done in international cricket. Taken the openers with at least 500 runs since the last T20 World Cup in 2016, Finch’s strike rate of 158.94 is the third-best in the world. In this period, Finch has made 933 runs opening the innings in 28 games, averaging 37.32.

In 2014, Aaron Finch was named Australia’s T20I skipper replacing the charismatic George Bailey, but right before the last T20 World Cup in 2016, the captaincy was handed to Steven Smith. Finch returned to be the captain following the ball-tampering scandal that resulted in Smith being banned.

So far, Finch has led the team in 34 T20Is, the most achieved by any Australian skipper in the format. Under his captaincy, Australia have won 18 and lost 14 T20I games.

IPL career

Australian skipper Aaron Finch has been a trusted overseas recruit in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Over the years, he has played for eight franchises in the league, making his debut in 2010 and playing each season until 2018. Throughout his IPL career, Aaron Finch has played for Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Daredevils, Pune Warriors India, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians, Gujarat Lions and Kings XI Punjab. He missed the 2019 season but was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2020 IPL auctions.

Undoubtedly, Finch has a formidable record in the IPL. He has played 75 matches, making 1737 runs at an average of 26.31 and a strike rate of 130.69 with 13 half-centuries. His most productive season was in 2013 when he played for the now inactive Pune Warriors India franchise and made 456 runs in the season with four half-centuries.

He also made five half-centuries in the 2016 season playing for Gujarat Lions, mostly playing an unusual role in the middle-order.

Interestingly, Finch picked up a solitary wicket in the IPL in 2013 while playing for Pune Warriors India.

ODI career

Aaron Finch debuted for Australia in ODIs against Sri Lanka in 2013. Until then regarded as a basher in the shortest format of the game, Finch made a blast in the fifty-overs format. He made over 500 runs in each of his first four years in ODI cricket, averaging 30.23, 43.88, 40.07 in the first three years. Six hundreds came in three years as Finch became the mainstay in Australia’s top-order.

As of 2020, Aaron Finch’s ODI career spans 126 games wit him scoring 4882 runs at an average of 41.02 with 16 centuries and 26 half-centuries. In 2017, Finch captained the national team in this format for the first time. As a captain, Finch has played 35 ODIs and averages 47.9 with over 1500 runs. Five of his 16 ODI tons have also come when leading the side.

Under Aaron Finch’s leadership, Australia have won 19 and lost 16 ODIs. He guided them to the 2019 World Cup in England last year where they lost in the semi-finals to the hosts and eventual champions.

Test career

Finch has only played five Tests to date, making his Test debut in 2018 against Pakistan in Dubai. However, unlike his limited-overs career, Finch’s long-format career hasn’t quite taken off. In two years, he featured in just a handful of games and scored two half-centuries in five games.

On his debut Test, Finch made 62 and 49 but since then his runs were decreasing and after a dreadful home series against India in 2018, he was dropped from the team.

In five Tests, Finch made a total of 278 runs at an average of 27.8 with two half-centuries. In fact, his first-class career was much more successful than his Test career. Finch played 88 first-class games, making 4915 runs at an average of 35.87 with seven tons and 33 half-centuries.

His first-class debut came for Victoria in 2007 when he was 21 years old. After that, he kept playing for the state until 2019 in an attempt to win back his place in the Australian Test team.

Although he never really showed himself as a great player in the longest format of the game, Finch was considered as a potential replacement for the banned David Warner. Since Warner’s return, though, Finch has never been a part of the playing side and now, when he is 33, his Test career is highly unlikely to take a sharp turn.

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