Finch ‘thankful’ for county stint with Yorkshire

"It was a great opportunity and something I was very thankful for"

“It was a great opportunity and something I was very thankful for”

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Flamboyant Australia opener Aaron Finch has announced that he is extremely grateful and “thankful” for his two-month stint with Yorkshire.

In the five County Championship matches he played for Yorkshire, Finch averaged 48.50 and has captured the attention of the national selectors.

“Realistically, I probably didn’t deserve to take up an international spot in Yorkshire’s side,” Finch told SEN radio. “It’s been a format that I’ve struggled with for the past couple of years, but I think that my game’s changed slightly, my technique has tightened up.

“And I’ve got my head around batting in the middle order, which is a great change up from the top (of the order). It’s a totally different scenario.

“It was a great opportunity and something I was very thankful for and I was happy that I could get some runs and contribute in a big way in a couple of games. I feel as though my game has changed slightly and my mental side of the longer format is coming together pretty well. I’ve definitely got an eye on playing Test cricket at some point in my career.

“It’s just a case now of putting some big scores on the board for Victoria and trying to force my way in there if an opportunity arises down the track.”

Former Australia pace bowler Jason Gillespie, who is now Yorkshire’s head coach, praised Finch for the major impact he had during his time with the club.

“You need an absolute clarity role with Aaron,” he told cricket.com.au. “If a player has got absolute clarity and knows exactly what their role is, they’ve got a much better chance of succeeding.

“All we spoke about was being really positive. Regardless of the situation, if you see a bad ball, you put it away and that’s his real strength. Whether you walk in at 30/4 or 300/4, it doesn’t matter. If you get a bad ball, you put it away. I believe that’s the best way for him to play.”

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