Aaron Finch’s single-handed demolition of England’s bowlers in the first Twenty20 International on Thursday is enough to earn him this week’s Cricket World Player of the Week award.
The 26 year-old Victorian comfortably broke the record for the highest score in international T20s and fell only narrowly short of breaking Richard Levi’s record for the fastest ever century. One fan on Twitter, comparing the two innings, wrote: “This (Finch’s) has been an innings of real quality - totally unlike Richard Levi’s slogathon on a postage stamp (at Hamilton).”
Perhaps the most dazzling statistic to emerge from his 63-ball innings of 156 was the number of times that he cleared the ropes. He did so 14 times; the other 21 players in the match managed it nine times between them. The way that he hit the ball so cleanly throughout his innings was what stood out.
Delving into the Cricket World match report we find that the “shots that will linger on in the memory include a six over cover on one knee and one over point after Jade Dernbach had followed him with a wide delivery.”
It truly was a once-in-a-lifetime innings - up there with Kevin O’Brien’s century against England in the 2011 World Cup and VVS Laxman’s epic against Australia at Eden Gardens.
Other notable performances in international cricket over the past week came from Timm van der Gugten (five for 24 for Netherlands against Canada); Mohammad Hafeez (136 not out against Zimbabwe); and Alex Hales (94 off 61 balls in the second T20 against Australia). The women's Ashes saw half-centuries from Sarah Taylor and Lydia Greenway pivotal to England's success.
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