Aaron Finch

Aaron Finch
Personal information
Full name Aaron James Finch
Born (1986-11-17) 17 November 1986
Colac, Victoria, Australia
Nickname Finchy
Height 174 cm (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Role Top-order or Opening batsman
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 197) 11 January 2013 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 23 January 2016 v India
ODI shirt no. 5 (was 16)
T20I debut (cap 49) 12 January 2011 v England
Last T20I 9 November 2014 v South Africa
Domestic team information
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 56 22 54 125
Runs scored 2,072 756 2,855 4,564
Batting average 39.09 39.78 33.58 39.00
100s/50s 7/10 1/5 4/18 11/25
Top score 148 156 288* 154
Balls bowled 55 12 332 244
Wickets 2 0 4 7
Bowling average 24.00 61.75 30.42
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 29/– 5/– 54/– 54/–
Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 20 January 2016

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 and the Australia national cricket team where he previously served as T20 captain. 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.[2] Finch is a top order batsman, but has been used up the order when playing for club side Geelong.

Finch currently holds the record for the highest innings in a Twenty20 International match, 156, scored against England on 29 August 2013.[3] 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.[4]

Domestic career

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.

Aaron Finch made a promising start to the 2010 Airtel Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa, for Victorian Bushrangers.

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.[3]

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 arena

Aaron Finch's record as captain
 MatchesWonLostDrawnTiedNo resultWin %
Twenty20 [9] 6330050%
Date last Updated: 2 September 2015

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 when he scored 156 runs off 63 balls for Australia against England at the Rose Bowl, Southampton. 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.[3] 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.

On 3 December 2014 Finch, along with Tom Cooper and Michael Clarke, were three of the pallbearers at Phillip Hughes' funeral.[10]

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 is currently 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 Waugh, the Australian selectors on duty, for the 2016 ICC World T20. This brutal sacking attracted negative publicity from media and pundits. 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 Dambulla by reaching to 50 run mark in 18 balls and equaled Simon O'Donnell's 26 year old feat.[11]

Indian Premier League

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.[12]

International centuries

One Day International centuries

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

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

Score Fixture Venue Season
ODI 148 Australia v Scotland Grange Cricket Club Ground, Raeburn Place, Edinburgh 2013 [13]
T20I 156 Australia v England Rose Bowl, Southampton 2013 [14]
FC 288* Cricket Australia XI v New Zealanders Blacktown International Sportspark, Sydney 2015/16 [15]
LA 154 Victoria v Queensland Gabba, Brisbane 2012/13 [16]
T20 156 Australia v England Rose Bowl, Southampton 2013 [14]


ODI awards

Player of the series awards

# 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[17]

Man of the match awards

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.[18]
2 England MCG, Melbourne 14 February 2015 135 (128 balls: 12x4, 3x6); DNB, 1 catch  Australia won by 111 runs.[19]

Twenty20 International awards

Man of the match awards

# 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.[20]
2 Australia in England 2013 England 156 (63 balls: 11x4, 14x6); DNB  Australia won by 39 runs.[21]
3 ICC World Twenty20 2014 Bangladesh DNB; 71 (45 balls: 7x4, 4x6)  Australia won by 7 wickets.[22]


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