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“I suppose being in and out of the side is never ideal”
Australia opening batsman Aaron Finch is looking to cement a permanent spot in the country’s Twenty20 squad after his record 156, which also included 14 sixes, the most ever hit by a batsman in a Twenty20 innings, against England sent his stock value soaring.
Finch made his Twenty20 debut against England in January 2011 and the recent match at Southampton was just his seventh cap, which prompted the 26-year-old admit that he had not made the most of his previous six matches.
“I suppose being in and out of the side is never ideal,” he said. “I felt like, last year, I let a couple of chances slip and it’s always good to score runs and contribute to a win, especially in the first game of a new series.
“For my own confidence, and probably for the selectors’ confidence in me, it’s nice to get a good score and repay some of that faith.”
Finch also had no idea how close he came to toppling South Africa batsman Richard Levi’s record for the fastest Twenty20 century, which came off 45 balls, while Finch took 47 deliveries to score his.
“You could probably tell I started blocking the hell out of it around a hundred,” Finch said. “I did get a little bit nervous but had no idea what the record was.”
England Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad could not blame his bowlers for the mammoth 248 Australia scored off their 20 overs, but instead praised Finch for his “special” innings.
“It was special striking from Finch, to hit 14 sixes in an innings,” Broad said. “I think we can say we tried everything at him as well he just played everything fantastically well.
“In Twenty20 cricket that can happen. He made it his day in quite spectacular fashion, but I’m very proud of the guys who showed up in our side and fell just short of our highest international score. It would have been very easy to be 100 all out there and fallen down. The crowd would have gone unhappy.
“There’re certainly 11 disappointed English guys but the crowd have had a fantastic day with 460-off runs. We’re disappointed we haven’t won, but it was a cracking game of Twenty20 cricket.”