Aaron Finch has said that he wants to cement his place at the top of the order in both the ODI and T20 teams of Australia.
Finch created a world record yesterday by smashing 156 runs in the first T20 match against England at Ageas Bowl. This is the highest score by any batsman in the T20 internationals.
It was a hell of a display of clean striking by the 26 years old Victorian. He crucified the England attack with his belligerent shots. He faced just 70 deliveries during his inning and hit 11 fours and 14 sixes.
Finch was very close to breaking Richard Levi’s record of the fastest T20 international hundred, but, he missed it by a couple of deliveries. The online betting markets reckon he WILL break it at some stage though.
Levi had scored a hundred in just 45 balls against New Zealand in February last year.
Talking to the reporters in the post match press conference, Finch said, “I want to be a regular member of the Australian limited-over sides. I have been given a few opportunities in the last couple of years, but, I haven’t made full use of them. Thankfully, today everything went right and I scored a big hundred, but, I need to be consistent. Now, hopefully, I will get a chance to stay on for the ODI series as well.”
Australia has selected an 18-member squad for the T20 series. This squad would be further reduced to 15 members for the ODI series. It means that 3 players from the T20 squad will have to return back home and Finch was expected to be one of those 3 players before this match. But, now, after such a knock, it will be hard for the selectors to send him back home.
Finch has played just 7 ODIs for Australia so far and has scored 105 runs at an average of 15.