Australian white-ball captain Aaron Finch does not have a great run with the bat but a good run with the captaincy.
Still, only excelling as captain will not keep him in the team. The New Zealand bowlers dismissed him for successive low scores, which is a major issue for the team.
Finch is having a rough patch, having scored only 15 runs in the series against Zimbabwe and five runs in the series against New Zealand.
Former Australian Captain, Michael Clarke says he needs runs behind his back before he goes T20 World Cup.
“He needs runs, there is no doubt about it," the former skipper said on Sky's Big Sports Breakfast.
“Twenty-20 is hard to get back into form,”
The fact that Finch's past seven ODI scores have been 0, 5, 5, 1, 15, 0 and 0, at an average of 13.00 in 2022, makes his early dismissal even more concerning.
FAST BOWLERS vs FINCH IN 2022 :
In 2022, Finch has been removed by fast bowlers eight times out of 13 innings; he has been LBW four times, caught three times, and bowled once.
Trent Boult has got Finch out for most times in ODIs, making him his bunny in white-ball cricket. Finch has an average of four in the 12 innings against Boult.
The last half-century he scored was against Sri Lanka at Colombo during Australia's tour of Sri Lanka in June-July.
Finch has struggled with the bat in the lengthy white ball format, scoring only one fifty in 13 innings. Furthermore, in 2022, he has been dismissed for a duck five times and produced low scores in ten innings, as seen here courtesy of Fox Cricket's cameras.
Clarke has confidence in Finch's ability and feels that he is just an inning away.
“The ball just held in the wicket a bit and he shanked it and got caught at mid-off. I felt for him because I know that feeling when you’re like: ‘Man everything I try, I just can’t buy a trick at the moment’. I really think he needs to find even a 30 or 40 in this last game but I’m backing him.” he said.
The 35-year-old has a problem with the new ball spells by fast bowlers. He averages 17.87 against pacers in 2022. In his ODI career, he has been caught leg before wicket 26 times.
Aaron Finch has one more chance to get in form in the 3rd ODI against Kiwis; before he leads the team in the T20i series against India.