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The Australia captain believes that for a player like Guptill one shot could spark him back into form

Australia’s captain Aaron Finch believes a technical tune-up during quarantine ahead of the T20I series against New Zealand has given him the chance to atone for a grim BBL that saw him go unsold in the IPL auction, while at the same time hoping the tourists have planned assiduously enough for Martin Guptill to prevent the opener from doing likewise.

Finch and Guptill have had similarly underwhelming lead-ins to the series, the latter also battling a hamstring complaint that kept him out of Auckland’s last two domestic T20 games. A paltry return of 179 runs at 13.76 across 13 innings for the Melbourne Renegades left Finch with plenty of thinking to do in hotel isolation in New Zealand, and he concentrated ultimately on ensuring he remains light on his feet in the series that start on Monday evening. Whatever the outcome, it will be too late for IPL clubs who passed over Finch at the auction, freeing up time at home.

“It would’ve been nice to be playing again, it’s an amazing competition to be a part of, but it wasn’t unexpected that I didn’t get picked up to be honest,” Finch said. “I’d prefer to be playing cricket, but a little bit of time at home might not be the worst thing, having quite a full schedule since August when we left for the UK and a few times in quarantine and a lot of times in hubs and bubbles, I think just getting home and recharging the batteries might be nice. I know my wife’s definitely looking forward to it.

“I’ve been working on a few little technical things, trying to get a little bit less weight on my front foot. At times I can be a little bit flat-footed and my feet get planted and then I struggle to move again. I have my initial movement and then I get a little bit stuck. I’ve talked a lot and worked a fair bit with Andrew McDonald, who I go back to every time things don’t seem quite right and he seems to sort it out pretty quick, so it’s been nice to have a good chunk of training and focusing on a few little technical changes.”

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