Australia fast bowler Kane Richardson has backed under-fire limited-overs captain, Aaron Finch saying he hasn’t allowed the dip in his batting form to affect his leadership skills in the ongoing T20I series against New Zealand. Richardson said the entire team is eager to see Finch return to scoring ways sooner than later.
Aaron Finch’s batting form has been on the decline in the recent past. After an ordinary Indian Premier League (IPL) with Royal Challengers Bangalore, FInch lit up the ODI series against India at home, scoring a hundred and 2 fifties in 3 matches. However, his form nosedived in the Big Bash League as he managed just 179 runs in 13 matches at an average of 13.76.
Finch hasn’t had the best of starts with the bat in the ongoing 5-match T20I series in New Zealand. After getting out for 1 in the first T20I in Christchurch, he fell for 12 in the 2nd T20I in Dunedin as Australia are trailing New Zealand 0-2 in the series.
Australia, who have rested several of their first-choice players, are being led by Aaron Finch and Kane Richardson believes the limited-overs captain’s interaction with the team hasn’t changed despite his poor batting form.
“If you came into our camp today you wouldn’t know that he’s struggling for runs. He hasn’t changed how he is around the group with us, how he is on the field in terms of being captain and his plans,” Richardson said.
“So that’s a massive tick for him to not let his own form come into how he is away from cricket but also on the field.
“We just want to see him make some runs … We all know how tough the game can be when you’re not getting the output that you want.”
Australia lost the series opener by 53 runs but came close to chasing a 220-run target in Dunedin but fell short of New Zealand’s total by 4 runs. Facing a must-win situation, the visitors will take on the BlackCaps in the 3rd T20I in Wellington on March 3.