They say age is just a number; well, but have they got any proof?
We can all agree that smashing a half-ton or wickets howling manages to hit differently but it becomes more sensational if the hitter or taker is in his 40s. With many big names continuing this streak and becoming inspirational to young ones; for example, the stars like Ms Dhoni scoring half-century with finishing hit, the Caribbean flavour in Dwayne Bravo becoming highest wicket-taker of IPL, Faf Du Plessis and Cris Gayle still sending balls out of garden.
But a 38-year-old old who is the mighty Kangaroo’s Commander is stuck in the mud of bad form.
Aaron Finch and a normal case:
Elite player and recently becoming first Australian captain to lead the team and win T20 WC, Aaron Finch, is facing nightmares in Pakistan ODI matches. Even though, he’s been out of form since past ODIs and T20s for quite some time but getting ducks back-to-back facing same in-swing deliveries by Rising Star of Pakistan left-armer Shahen Afridi. And this is something, critics can’t ignore anymore.
He seems to have a genuine problem against deliveries that tend to come at him with his legs being jam packed at one place and head falling, makes it so tough to either defend or crack a shot.
So, when enquiring the issue, the Aussie army cap offered his honest opinion, “Obviously, it hasn’t been up to scratch. I’ve been well short of runs in the Sri Lanka series and this series here, there’s no doubting that,” Finch said. “I don’t need you to tell me that. It’s frustrating, no doubt, and as you get older, I think you probably question yourself a little bit more.”
The last two times Aaron Finch has faced Shaheen Afridi 👀
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) March 31, 2022
The Off form is not making it easy:
The right-hander opener whose place will be under a bit of threat even after leading the side added, “But I still feel as though all my training has been really positive, it’s just been the first couple of balls, getting my pad in the way.”
“It’s been a thing throughout my career and it would be nice if it didn’t happen – but I’m still very confident I can turn it round in the next series against Sri Lanka.”
Australia has number of option available in their deck for top order batting, Travis Head and Ben McDermott claiming their places with full-tons in absence of David Warner, Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh while Finch can’t even set his feet in pitch.
Although the yellow warrior is hopeful of having good performances in the 50-over WC, taken place later this year, he has “No excuse” over his own fitness and performances as the injured right knee is also feeling fine during Pak series.
Australian captain is impressed with the young-stars:
Finch is impressed with second-stringers drafted for the ODI series due to resting or injuries of key players.
“What was really impressive was how good our quicks were at different times,” he said. “It was a great opportunity for guys like Nathan Ellis, Mitch Swepson, Jason Behrendorff, Sean Abbott and Cameron Green to get more bowling under their belt in international cricket against some world-class players.
“The ability to bowl to the best players in the world on really challenging wickets will help not just them but also hold the Australian cricket team in really good stead.”
The Victorian went on to note down few more things, “It will allow us to continue to learn about the depth of the team. That’s not hiding behind the results; the ability of the guys to learn on the job in international cricket is super, and I’m really proud of how the guys tried their hearts out.”
What to follow:
Aaron will join KKR replacing Englishman Alex Hales who pulled off the tournament for bubble fatigue and will meet with his team-mate Pat Cummins after being engaged Tuesday in a one-off T20I. A last sip of play to add few runs in card before joining mega stage of IPL will catch some eyes.