Aaron Finch, Australia batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: In-form Finch yearns to lead Australia to unprecedented sixth title

A member of Australia's World Cup winning squad in 2015, Finch has played over 100 matches and knows what it takes to win the World Cup, but can he take Australia to an unprecedented six title as a captain?

Gaurav Joshi, Apr 26, 2019 15:29:19 IST

Aaron Finch has been a permanent member at the top of the Australian order since making his ODI debut in 2013. He has always been a consistent performer scoring 13 centuries and 21 half-centuries in 109 matches. But halfway through the India series last month there was even a possibility that Finch face get the axe for the World Cup.

File image of Aaron Finch. AP

File image of Aaron Finch. AP

The Australian skipper had made just 83 runs at 11.63 across seven matches, he had not passed 50 for nine consecutive matches and he last scored a ton in June 2018. But a 93 in Ranchi against India gave him the belief which kick-started a hot streak. He since made two centuries, three fifties and averaged 76 in the next eight innings to seal his place as the opener and the skipper for the World Cup.

Above all, it is Finch's leadership skills during a turbulent period in Australian cricket that need to commended. He has been willing to make the brave calls by demoting Glenn Maxwell to No.7 and not let his form with the bat affect the way he has skippered the team.

From a batting perspective Finch is still vulnerable against the incoming ball, but an average touching 40 and a strike-rate close to 90, he is one of the premier openers in ODI cricket. A member of Australia's World Cup winning squad in 2015, Finch has played over 100 matches and knows what it takes to win the World Cup, but can he take Australia to an unprecedented six title as a captain? Having skipped the IPL, the Australian captain will be fresh and ready to carry on his recent purple patch with the bat.

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Updated Date: May 16, 2019 14:06:03 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254