Australian white-ball captain Aaron Finch was last month named in the ICC Men’s T20I Team of the Decade for his sensational record in the format: 66 games for Australia with an average of 37.7 with two tons to his name.
But his Big Bash form couldn’t be more atrocious, with the struggling Melbourne Renegades star managing just four runs against the Brisbane Heat on Saturday night.
From 12 matches, Finch has managed just 173 runs at an average of 14.42, with a top score of just 39. That’s less than half his career BBL average of 34.64 across 75 matches, including two tons and 18 fifties.
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His run of dire form extends further back. In the T20I series against India, he managed 35 and a duck.
And in the most recent IPL, he managed just one 50 from 12 innings for the Royal Challengers Bangalore – meaning that across his past 26 innings in the BBL, IPL, and T20I series, he has reached the half-century a single time.
Contrast that to his career T20 record at both domestic and international level, where he averages a 50 or 100 at a rate of better than once every five matches.
In short, it’s a truly woeful dip in form for one of the most consistent batsmen of the last decade.
In his defence, however, he’s had an awfully luckless campaign.
There was a run-out at the nonstriker’s end when a straight drive was tipped onto the stumps from the bowler’s fingertips.
Then there was a leg glance that he only managed to feather to the keeper – caught behind.
Finch in BBL this year ? Most horrible season ever? #BBL10
— Haricharan Pudipeddi (@pudiharicharan) January 23, 2021
And to cap it off, there was a shocking, once-in-a-career dismissal against the Melbourne Stars last Sunday, when he was bowled for 10 in unbelievable fashion – the ball ricocheting from his thigh pad back onto the stumps.
Having been axed from Royal Challengers Bangalore XI in favour of Aussie youngster Josh Philippe midway through the last season, Finch has now been released from the franchise.
That leaves him searching for a record-extending ninth club in the upcoming IPL auction (likely on February 18) – in which his potential value is plummeting alongside his form.
The Melbourne Renegades have just one match remaining in what is a disappointing, wooden-spoon campaign. For Finch, it looms as a crucial opportunity to turn around his batting rut ahead of a five-match T20 series in New Zealand in late February.
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