New Zealand vs Australia 2020-21


The Australia captain found his touch with a half-century in Wellington after a difficult time

On another day, Aaron Finch might have been walking back for a first-ball duck in Wellington on Wednesday, a continuation of his lean run in T20s, but instead he was able to reflect on a half-century, his first in 27 innings, which helped set up a convincing victory.

Backed by team-mates, the coach and the selectors, Finch’s form had nonetheless starting to become a significant focus as Australia head towards the end of their season and then a winter where they will be settling on a squad for the T20 World Cup in October.

It appears unlikely that Finch’s position would have been scrutinised, but a return to form has helped avoid any awkward conversations or selection calls.

“It’s never easy when you are trying to lead the side and not performing as well as you would like. But you always put the team first,” Finch said. “I felt my captaincy has been pretty good throughout this period and the Big Bash. I would have loved to have got some more runs but was never doubting that I’d ever get runs again.