Aaron Finch has earned a reputation as a superstar of the game with some exhilarating performances at the top of the order in both domestic and international limited overs cricket.
A right-hander who has yet to nail first-class cricket, Finch is one of the world’s best three Twenty20 batsmen.
He debuted for Australia in Twenty20 cricket in 2011 and in one-day cricket in 2013, and in 35 matches as of February 2014 has scored four hundreds.
His standout innings remains a world record 156 in a Twenty20 clash with England at Southampton in August 2013 when he smashed an amazing 14 sixes. He has also played domestic cricket in Sri Lanka, New Zealand and India as well as Australia for Victoria and the Melbourne Renegades.
Finch signed for Yorkshire ahead of the 2014 season when he will represent the White Rose county in all forms of the game. He will arrive after his commitments in the Indian Premier League, where he is playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise alongside fellow master blaster David Warner. He hails from the country town of Colac in south west Victoria.
2003 – Debuted for Victoria under 17s in January, scoring fifties in his first two two-day matches against their Queensland and South Australian counterparts. Also played for the Victorian Institute of Sport and Victoria under 19s sides later in the year. Scored 69 on his second appearance for the latter in a one-day match against Western Australia in December.
2004 – Continued his encouraging form for the Vics age group sides.
2005 – Toured England with a Cricket Victoria squad through June alongside the likes of Andrew McDonald, Rob Quiney, Clint McKay and Peter Siddle, all who have gone on to play for Australia. Finch scored 100 in a one-day match against the Duke of Norfolk’s XI. Made his debut for Australia under 19s on their tour of India in September.
2006 – Featured for Australia’s under 19s in the World Cup in Sri Lanka in February. He scored 74 in a thumping win over South Africa from the middle order. Hit 88 for the Australia Centre of Excellence side in a one-day match against the South African Emerging Players side at Brisbane in July. Hit 155 in only his second match for Victoria’s second XI in a four-day match against Tasmania in November.
2007 – Debuted for Victoria’s first team in a pre-season one-day match against South Australia in October before debuting competitively in a Ford Ranger clash with WA at the MCG later in the month. He scored only two. Made his first-class debut for Victoria in a three-day clash with the touring Indians in December but did not bat.
*2008 -*Only played three matches for Victoria’s second and first XIs.
2009 – Debuted for Victoria in the Twenty20 Big Bash in early January, scoring 43 against New South Wales in his third match. Played a significant role as Victoria reached the Ford Ranger Cup final in the 2009/10 season, only to lose out to Tasmania. He scored 347 runs in 10 matches, including a best of 87.
2010 – Just over two years after his first-class debut, he batted for the first time at that level, scoring eight in a Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania at Hobart. Scored 50 from number five in the second innings. Scored 26 and 63 in the five-day final against Queensland in mid-March, which the Vics won. A week earlier he had scored his maiden first-class century from number three in the order in a win over Tasmania at the MCG. It was a memorable summer (2009/10) for the Bushrangers and Finch as they also won the Big Bash Twenty20 title. He had scored 47 off 33 balls from the top of the order in the final win over South Australia at Adelaide in January. Made his Indian Premier League debut for Rajasthan Royals in April. His highest T20 score came for Victoria against Central Districts in the Champions League in South Africa – 93 not out off 60 balls.
2011 – Made his international debut in a Twenty20 international against England at Adelaide in January, scoring 15 not out from number five. He hit 53 not out off 33 balls from number six two days later at the MCG. Won the Ryobi one-day Cup title with Victoria in February. Earned an Indian Premier League contract worth £182,000 with the Delhi Daredevils to play in April and May before playing for the Melbourne Renegades later in the year as part of the revamped Big Bash, which changed from state teams to city based franchises. In July, he had scored 122 at the top of the order for Australia A in a first-class match against a Zimbabwe XI on tour in July – his highest first-class scored to date.
2012 – Hit a brilliant 154 at the top of the order for Victoria against Queensland in a Ryobi Cup win at the Gabba in October. He was captaining his state for only the fourth time. A month and a half later, he hit 140 against NSW in the same competition at North Sydney. Victoria chased down 351 with 3.2 overs to spare. Celebrated his appointment as captain of the Renegades by smashing 111 off 65 balls during an opening night Big Bash win over Melbourne rivals the Stars at the Docklands Stadium in December. The Renegades reached the semi-finals.
2013 – Debuted for Australia in one-day international cricket against Sri Lanka on his home ground at the MCG in January, scoring 16. Having moved from Delhi to Pune Warriors in the IPL for his third campaign, he scored four half-centuries in 14 appearances during April and May. Smashed an international world record 156 off just 63 balls for Australia against England at Southampton in August. In September, he hit 148 in a one-day international against Scotland at Edinburgh before hitting three successive fifties for the Renegades in the Big Bash either side of New Year (2013/14).
2014 – Hit two centuries against England in the home one-day series win, including 121 at the MCG. He became the first Victorian to score an ODI ton on his home ground, He signed for Yorkshire on February 12, the same day he earned his biggest IPL contract with Sunrisers Hyderabad for £390,000.
NameAaron J Finch
Born17th November, 1996, Colac, Victoria
RoleRight-hand bat, Left-arm spin bowler
First ClassVictoria v Indians, St Kilda, December 2007