Former Australia captain Mark Taylor has stated that Aaron Finch will have to force himself to return to form before their match against England at the 2022 T20 World Cup on Friday as well. Taylor also stated the pressure that comes with captaincy but believes Finch has no choice but to find form as well.
Although Australia registered a seven-wicket win against Sri Lanka, Finch’s form remained a concern as he finished with an unbeaten but scored only one six. The defending champions required an NRR-boosting win, and Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis helped the team as well. Stoinis, who earned the Player of the Match award, scored the fastest T20 fifty by an Australian.
Speaking on Nine’s World Cup coverage, Taylor said, “There’s no doubt it weighs on you. He’s getting towards the end of his career, he wants to finish well. All these things are going on in his head, rather than just seeing the ball and hitting it. The other problem he’s got is that T20 cricket doesn’t allow you the time at the crease to find your form. There’s two ways of getting out of a form slump, you either belt your way out of it, or you spend time at the crease until you find that form. Aaron Finch doesn’t have the second option. All he can do is belt his way out of it, because that’s what this game demands.”
Aaron Finch, who has averaged only 13.70 in the last 18 white-ball games, was candid about his innings against Sri Lanka, stating it was poor and unusual also. At one stage, the veteran had scored only four runs off 15 deliveries and he stated that the challenging conditions made it even more difficult to score boundaries regularly.
“Well I think you’ve got to make a tough decision. If you think you can make the side better by replacing him, you’ve got to do that. It’s a professional cricket team, and you’re a representative cricket team. You pick your 11 best players to play for your country. I think they’ve got to find a spot for Steve Smith. What we’ve seen is the pitches are doing a bit. I think you’re going to need a player like Smith, or Virat Kohli, or for New Zealand, Kane Williamson, who can stem the flow,” Mark Taylor concluded.