England v Australia, 1st T20, Ageas Bowl

Finch stuns England with blazing 156

The Report by Andrew McGlashan at the Ageas Bowl

August 29, 2013

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Australia 248 for 6 (Finch 156) beat England 209 for 6 (Root 90*) by 39 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Aaron Finch smashed his first T20 international hundred, England v Australia, 1st T20, Ageas Bowl, August 29, 2013
Aaron Finch blazed a trail from ball one © AFP

Whether Australia can produce young batsmen who are able to occupy the crease in Test cricket remains up for debate. That they can produce batsmen who give it an almighty thump there is no doubt. Aaron Finch, the 26-year-old Victorian, ransacked England's bowling with an eye-popping world record 156 as Australia secured their first victory in any format for 200 days.

It was a ferocious display of hitting from Finch, who had six previous T20 caps, as he tore England's attack to shreds with a brutal display, in the process going well past Brendon McCullum's 123 as the highest score in an international Twenty20. Australia's eventual 248 for 6 was the second-highest total in a T20 international - and the highest in a match involving two Test nations - only Sri Lanka's 260 against Kenya was out of reach and for a while it appeared they may cross that landmark too.

A couple of weeks ago in the Friends Life t20 quarter-final there was 200-plays-200 match and the consistency of the one-day pitches at the Ageas Bowl deserves much praise - 457 runs in 40 overs is value for money, even if to watch such a boundary-fest all the time would dull the senses. But to chase 249 would have bordered on miracle territory. England, not surprisingly, could not get close - although did pass 200 for only the fourth time in a T20 - despite Joe Root's entertaining 90 off 49 balls. Tellingly, perhaps, England could only manage five sixes to Australia's 18.

Fourteen of those came off Finch's bat, another of the records that he broke during the onslaught. He began with a six first ball, picked up effortlessly off Steven Finn, and it was a theme that would continue throughout. Each of Finch's landmarks came up with a six; his half-century, from 26 balls; his hundred, off 47, beating McCullum's record, and his 150.

He was on track to beat Richard Levi's 45-ball hundred against New Zealand, in Hamilton, as the fastest on the international stage but after reducing himself to a couple of singles had to settle for second spot when he launched his 47th delivery, from Stuart Broad, for another six. He was the first Australian to make a Twenty20 international hundred and it took him just 13 more deliveries to power past 150. By then, it had long since stopped being an even contest.

The bowlers had no answers, although not for the first time there was an absence of yorkers - anything fractionally off target was dispatched over the boundaries with strength, timing and, occasionally, some finesse; although this was not an innings of deft touch and placement. Finch's sixes over the off side, one struck as he slid outside leg stump, were perhaps the most breathtaking.

Picking through the wreckage of England's figures may seem a rather pointless task, but there are a couple of overs that stand out. Root's only over cost 27 - he made the mistake of conceding a single to Shaun Marsh first ball - and Danny Briggs, on his home ground, was taken for 23 in his last, all by Finch. Following on from Martin Guptill's huge innings in the one-day international here earlier in the season, this is not a favourite ground for England at the moment.

The only England bowler to have an economy rate in single figures was Jade Dernbach, which itself will bring surprise from many. He finally removed Finch and also dumbfounded Shane Watson with a back-of-the-hand slower ball after his 37 off 16 balls, in a stand of 99 in seven overs, had gone almost unnoticed.

Finch and Marsh had added 114 in nine overs for the second wicket having come together early following David Warner's bizarre dismissal. Swinging with all his power, he top edged Broad's second ball and, in the process, lost his bat which flew towards short fine-leg while Jos Buttler settled under the catch. Warner then had to walk back to collect his bat from an obliging England player who had picked it up. It was the high point of the innings for England.

But the crowd had another moment to savour. The opening over of the chase, bowled by the much-missed (at least by the England supporters) Mitchell Johnson, cost 17 and included two wides and three boundaries. Johnson, though, recovered from those early problems by trapping Michael Lumb lbw and then having Eoin Morgan caught at point while he touched 93mph on the speed gun.

But Josh Hazlewood created the most physical damage. Root needed treatment for a cut lip after a short ball from Hazlewood squeezed between his peak and grille. Warner, who had come close to inflicting something similar earlier in the tour, was the first Australian to go up to Root who, after a few minutes, did not seem overly troubled by the blow as he notched a 29-ball fifty and he later took 16 off Johnson's last over much to the joy of the fans who stayed on to the bitter end.

In the seventh over there was also a significant moment. Fawad Ahmed, the legspinner, delivered his first international over. It went for 10 and his four overs ended up costing 43. It was not really an evening to be a spinner. His story remains a remarkable one but, for one night at least, it was trumped.

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Posted by mishasibirsk on (September 5, 2013, 4:25 GMT)

Before the advent of T20, I already thought something more could be done with ODs. Had an idea of 4 x 25 (or 20); and interactive, e.g.: team making most in first innings could decide who batted first in second; and innings breaks wouldn't need to coincide with session breaks - so, all out in 17 overs: can start 2I, or 7 down after 20: can continue 1I after break - but team getting first I points and choice of 2nd I order still determined by score only in 1I and max. 20 overs. Also: LBW rule - get rid of "outside leg/off," and "whether he played a shot" charade; would do something to balance up game for bowlers. And... also for the bowlers, a different ball, an artificial one - a majority of the world's cricket population are Hindu, & others of us (at least theoretical ... lapsed) vegetarians. A ball that wouldn't depend on a "designated polisher/scratcher," which would reliably swing, seam or spin. That might all together allow the emergence of something more more than a bashfest.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (August 31, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

But the administrators don't want an even contest between bat and ball. They want a spectacle that will be enjoyed by people who don't understand cricket. The innings is done after 20 overs anyway so it's not like a team can bat for days like they can when Test cricket is played on a road. If you want a contest between bat and ball then don't watch T20, it's that simple. Even ODIs are barely a contest a lot of the time.

Posted by AKS286 on (August 30, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

Awesome match! Ride of Ferrari after camel walk. This match has one thing exception; that never happen before- Guess What "Dernbach was the most economical bowler". Why Smith not in the squad ?

Posted by anton1234 on (August 30, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

One way to make the game more even between bat and all in T20s is to get rid of field restrictions. I've always felt field restrictions was very artificial. A team joule be ale to place their players wherever hey like at all times. Too many easy runs are scored upfront in T20s. Just beat the infield and you have a four.

Secondly, make use of the entire field. Too often we see players about to be caught in the boundary only to be saved by the rope that is often brought a a long way. Makes a mockery of sixes. A 70 metre hit should never be a six.

Posted by ladycricfan on (August 30, 2013, 15:27 GMT)

The way T20 is evolving only batsmen like Finch, Gayle, Watson, pollard and Warner will be playing T20 cricket. Six hitting should be limited to 6 sixes/batsman. If a seventh ball goes over the rope (accidentally) no runs should be added.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 13:49 GMT)

400+ runs in a T20 match. They might as well put 10 batsmen in the side and used bowling machines.

Posted by mark2011 on (August 30, 2013, 12:55 GMT)

12rpo is not healthy sign for future criket even in t20.. this is not cricket...making concrete surfaces to show biz a sixes and boundaries...fans will loos the interest if this continues... saw this hyper scoring /run rate during last 6, 7 months too much...there's no quality in the game.. cricket is contest between bat & ball... not slogging, or bashing.. pls stop this type of play...make better surfaces to good thrilling contest....

Posted by salazar555 on (August 30, 2013, 12:43 GMT)

Who'd want to be a bowler in 20/20 on pitches like these. 250 vs 210 in 20 overs. Good luck bowlers, that's all I can say.

Where was Pietersen?

Posted by gsingh7 on (August 30, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

well done finch , u deserve man of match. england even with their best side cannot compare to this dynamic and youthful batting lineup of australia. as a neutral and ipl fan, i knew of finch talents as seen in pune warriors. still i wud rate finch innings 3rd best in t20 after miller's mind numbing shocker of a century while chasing on a difficult mohali track against bangalore and gayle's 175 runs in which he scored century in 30(#fact) balls.keep going finch and aus , now win series before next ashes.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 12:30 GMT)

Finch played an outstanding innings, so did Root. Those people who are criticizing Broad for being an inexperienced captain, should look at how the game went overall. Both the sides conceded over 200 runs which means it was a poor bowling performance from both sides. Nonetheless, awesome batting by both the teams and one hell of a match it was! Excellent, Australia and England!

Posted by Nutcutlet on (August 30, 2013, 12:12 GMT)

Some thoughts. Was this 'The perfect wicket for t20!' as Nasser Hussain at his most excited & effusive exclaimed? If it was, then cricket has ceased to be a battle between bat & ball & become a total slogfest. It occurred to me that the bats are now too large &/or wickets too small & if we are to be 'treated' regularly to scoring rates in excess of 10 rpo, then there has to be something done to restore the balance that is the essence of a cricket match as I understand it. Where there is no balance, I (for one) rapidly lose interest. It only confirms what I already believe - that t20 cricket is cricket in primary colours, fun for those who are getting acquainted with the game. It asks little of the spectator; it takes almost all of the thinking out of the game; it treats bowling as no more than fodder for batsmen with muscle & super-tech bats where mishits sail over the foreshortened boundary. That cannot be right! The wicket made a travesty of the necessary balance between bat & ball.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

so after losing in cricket Australia finally won in baseball. A country which only 5-6 years ago had average state teams good enough to be a top 4 side fall to this level hurts. I want to see the good old days of them dominating. Ponting is considered a top 3 batsman of modern era, but then they had heaps that were able to do 90-95% of what ponting did at his peak, but never played any tests. darren lehman averaged 45 in tests Australia could barely find 20 tests for him to play. The bonus will be that for once I don't have to put up with the squealing and arrogance from mcgrath, warne and symonds.

Posted by android_user on (August 30, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

Finch rocks. He has stunned England by going past B. Mcculum

Posted by jb633 on (August 30, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster, look at the side we put out though and you will see that none of our bowlers were playing. Imagine taking out Kumar, Ashwin, Jadeja, Yadav out of the Indian bowling attack and what would you be left with. This was an excellent and emphatic win for the Aussies we can't deny them that. In all fairness they are going to beat us in the T20 and ODI format because we place no priority on them and we put out rubbish sides. The Aussie line up will be found out on turning wickets ala WT20 semi final against the WI. T2O cricket is all about mystery spin and strange actions because the batsmen can't set themselves against it. The best t20 bowler in the world is Ajmal followed closely by Narnie. Neither of these sides have any mystery bowlers and hence will not be competing for the world T20 any time soon. The best 2 t20 sides are WI and SL the others all struggle to contain on decent wickets.

Posted by Hammond on (August 30, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

Who cares? I don't know any of my mates that watched it..

Posted by PrasPunter on (August 30, 2013, 11:30 GMT)

@robble, t20 hardly matters , be it a WC or a bilateral series like this. Eng has already won the test-series which matters the most.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (August 30, 2013, 11:04 GMT)

Awesome match finally australia have beat england

Posted by Roshan_P on (August 30, 2013, 10:59 GMT)

It's surprising that England are playing Root and Bopara lower down the order than Wright and Morgan, although maybe they were brought in as pinch hitters. Good job from Finch. It seems that the BBL is not totally useless. Having said that Oz are like 7th in the ICC rankings. It's gonna take more than Finch and his slogging to revive Aussie cricket though, as most cricket teams are judged by their Test side.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (August 30, 2013, 10:52 GMT)

During the Ashes, numerous writers and commentators made the argument that the preference given to the Big Bash League has caused the downfall of Australian 1st Class Cricket. This result lends credence to that opinion. Ineffective in the longer format, Australia produced a dominating T20 performance during which their team seemed confident and assured, an element sorely lacking in the Test team.

Any format that is given undue precedence is likely to produce strong teams at the expense of the other formats. For T20, ODI & Test Cricket to all prosper, a broader view must be taken of the health of the sport. Strength in all 3 formats offers professional opportunities to many more aspiring young players. Three formats draw more attention, attendance, and sponsorship interest in the game. A balanced, global approach to the game would bode well for the health of all three formats.

Congratulations to Australia for a well deserved win.

P.S. It seems that Warner is clearly losing his grip!

Posted by gm47 on (August 30, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

@ Carl Sinclair on (August 30, 2013, 9:48 GMT) """Good job. Finch wrecked em. England a T20 side they are not""" still games to go and England have won more than the aussies in T20 ;).

still as long as we keep hammering the aussies in tests I will be happy :)

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (August 30, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

Finch was absolutely destructive, his score and S/R reflects this. The shots he played were stunning especially the shot where he moved to leg and still managed to hit it for 6! You can't judge Fawad on this performance because: #1 Match shows a batsman pitch #2 Complete flat track, no spin/swing #3 Its a t20 and he must have been something special for the Aussies to select him for only his 2nd t20 and to go to the government to ask for his citizenship!

Posted by robble on (August 30, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

@carl sinclair how many T20 World Cups have Australia won? I'll give you a clue, it's one less than England.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (August 30, 2013, 10:28 GMT)

Last night was apparently England's best T20 side nobody was rested. This would be my strongest 11 from players not included last night . . .

1.Carberry 2.Kieswetter 3.KP 4.Trego 5.Ballance 6.Stokes 7.Willey 8.Napier 9.Tredwell 10.Ali 11.Rankin - I don't think anyone could honestly say this isn't a stronger T20 outfit than we saw last night ?

Posted by JG2704 on (August 30, 2013, 10:27 GMT)

@BRUTALANALYST on (August 30, 2013, 10:00 GMT) To be fair , I don't think Carberry would have made the difference. Too much damage had been done by Finch. Finch's inns was absolutely exceptional. a T20 100 is rare and to score at that SR is also very impressive but to score 150 AND at that SR is very remarkable. Re Broad , I half agree. With injuries and resting of players , I'd like to see a non test player captain both the T20 and 50 over sides. And who of all the test players also plays T20 for their counties Thing is who? I mean what (non test playing) player gets in everyone's T20 side? I like the idea of someone like Tredwell , but (for whatever reason) he didn't even play yesterday

Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia on (August 30, 2013, 10:26 GMT)

Finch has always been a special talent. There's no question about it. His domestic record in limited overs cricket will prove that. But he hasn't been able to translate that success at the domestic level onto the international stage. Is this beginning of a turnaround for him? It remains to be seen. For the sake of Australian cricket, let's hope it is.

I can only imagine what an Australian ODI side would be like with Warner, Finch and Watson all in full flow. That would send some shivers down bowlers' spines.

Posted by Ramu444 on (August 30, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

Was a good innings by Finch but at the same time very poor bowling by England .i watch this match foe Fawad Ahmad,but man he is a very very ordinary bowler I do not know why there was so much hype,??????????

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (August 30, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

Broad doesn't even play T20 for Notts why is he national captain ? About time England sort out T20 side bowlers like Willey,Napier deserve more of a shot than Finn and Broad. Carberry is the best T20 bat in England he should be first name on the sheet even if you don't want to break up Lumb Hales (who have hardly set International game alight) he should be at 3. Australia's top 4 are all openers at club level Marsh and Watson 3/4. Early wickets always fall this idea of picking 2 openers like it's a Test match is outdated thinking.

Posted by android_user on (August 30, 2013, 9:48 GMT)

Good job. Finch wrecked em. England a T20 side they are not.

Posted by gm47 on (August 30, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

@lionspaw on (August 30, 2013, 4:12 GMT) """"I do not know how England managed to win the Ashes test series with this bowling attack""""" Obviously you don't watch cricket as this WASN"T the attack that helped to win the ashes !!

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (August 30, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

Honestly this is hit and giggles cricket and means nothing in the grand scheme of things, and really shouldnt be part of the international game.

It was good to see that the Womens and Mens games were held on the same day at the same ground, did the tickets cover both games?

Posted by hhillbumper on (August 30, 2013, 9:26 GMT)

well done to Finch it was a hell of an innings.See it took a world record for Aus to finally win a game.Also well played Joe Root.He continues to impress in whatever England shirt he wears

Posted by ste13 on (August 30, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

The game showed how limited English bowling resources are. Broad is not a leader, just an arrogant guy, who cannot build any sort of respect around him. Well played Joe Root. But the difference was Finch - made an absolute difference. The problem with the 20/20 format is that it does not show that one team is superior. It's more luck and "having a good day". The real contest is then only ODI and tests.

Posted by anton1234 on (August 30, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

Afridi will never hit 200 because he is a slogger (I doubt he will hit a hundred again). Finch is a proper bat and knows when to hit and when to defend. Most likely for 200 at international level is Chistopher Gayle (and may be Shane Watson and possibly David Warner r Finch himself).

Posted by Thefakebook on (August 30, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

The power house Finchy with a AWESOME innings,he actually got the poms pissed.I hope he opens again,I knew he is best when he opens the inning.give him a go in the ODI as well. Fawad Ahmed was debuted in the wrong match it was a nightmare for spinners.

Posted by Samdanh on (August 30, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

It can be only one man show or at best two men's show in T20. It is pathetic to note the author of this article start the article with a dig at Aus batting woes in longer format of the game. When one writes about a T20 match, limit focus to that match or that genre. Give credit when due. Aus batted first. Batted well. No rain this time to save England. No howler to impact result. No scope for time wasting tactics. Well, Aus won the match and convincingly. Period.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

The HIT and GIGGLE of T20 cannot be and never will be real cricket. Supporters of T20 say it uses all the skills--wrong!!! It does not use the skill of concentration. Three and half hours is not long enough to really test the true mental toughness of a batsmen like test cricket does. In T20, any batsmen at any stage can take a wild slog and feel safe in the knowledge that he will not be vilified for doing so, because if he gets out, they just say that is T20--SLOG SLOG SLOG. But if you get out playing irresponsibly like that in a test, you know you will get vilified and rightly so. In a test, you have to have the ability to concentrate for long periods, both as a batsman and a bowler to wear the opposition down. As well, over 5 days, you can get so many twists and turns in a test that you would never get in the one dimensional game of T20 and 50 over a side. One dimensional--that is T20!!! And if test cricket dies, may God help cricket! Just seeing 6 after 6 can also become boring.

Posted by Samdanh on (August 30, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

@Tattu: hastily? Do you know they had him play in A series in SA and before that in domestic circuit? Do you know that Aus did not play him in Ashes despite fact they could have, if they wanted to?

Posted by JG2704 on (August 30, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

In the cold light of day I'm not as disturbed by this performance. Finch was absolutely on fire and was hitting decent deliveries to the boundary so I'm not going to give more credit to Finch. Eng did well to get to where they did with the bat and I'm not going to lambast any of our batsmen as the top 3 had to try and play big shots from ball 1. I think that England also settled more for damage limitation after they lost the 1st 3 rather than gambled with Buttler over Root and Bopara after the 1st 3 wickets and I have to say what a great inns by Root after being clocked early in his inns. The thing Eng can take heart from is that one man was the difference between the score being competitive and pretty much ungettable - both with volume and SR.

PS - Did I see Tredwell with the yellow subs top on? No doubt he'd have got some treatment too but is he not our most consistent bowler in this format?

Posted by JG2704 on (August 30, 2013, 8:25 GMT)

@jmcilhinney on (August 29, 2013, 23:42 GMT) Jade came back very well indeed and credit to him. Usually he starts better and then comes apart in the final overs. Re the light etc - Maybe they're saying because it's with a white ball etc but you're right - is it that much safer? The bowling speeds are still pretty quick. Re Carberry - I think maybe BA has a point in that he's an in form player and that this was on his home ground. Surely better to play him on his home ground then at Durham and re having a settled partnership - I don't totally buy that given the amount of players they rest in these shorter formats - I don't think the word settled comes into it. Re the boundary ropes - I don't recall too many - if any - Finch blows edging over the boundary anyway

Posted by JG2704 on (August 30, 2013, 8:25 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster on (August 29, 2013, 20:23 GMT) - Not that you'll respond - you never do to facts - but England are inconsistent in both shorter formats but not a wreck (or any other thoughtless description you'd care to bother with). 2 reasons why we play different sides is because 1 - We are resting players - which I partly agree with. Guys like KP and Swann are more important to the next Ashes series. I think we miss Swann more than anyone 2- Re the batting side of it - do you really think a top 5 inc Cook,Trott and Bell would get any closer to the total. Our bowling is worrying - and has been for some time - but we still got to the CT trophy final and only lost 4-3 (combined) in India in the shorter formats against the best team in the world. I notice there was not a word of praise for Finch's inns. Be nice for once if you could give some credit to one team or the other or even one player , but guess that'll never happen.

Posted by android_user on (August 30, 2013, 8:22 GMT)

when jade dernbach is ur best bowler, then u know that u have hit the bottom and there are no talented young bowlers coming through. well done fonch for showing ur class. he made his name in ipl and since than has been best aussie batsman in odis and t20 cricket. well deserved won for aussies after 7 months of draws and defeats. now win series and odi series to complete the rout.

Posted by android_user on (August 30, 2013, 8:07 GMT)

aaron just blown away this weak English bowling attack.good change from many mundane chores of test cricket.batsmen feel frre to express themselves in this format whereas in tesys they buckle down and play against man's inner urge to be aggressive. thats why test cricket is dying infront of t20.odi crocket is best format as it test all skills that a cricketer can possess. well done aus, u r better team than England in t20 and odis and deserves all the wins.

Posted by Int.Curator on (August 30, 2013, 7:41 GMT)

If your not familiar with the Aus T20 team or the big hitters, Finch Warner Watson Maxwell On their day have all destroyed bowling attacks on large grounds. England can not match Aus in this format with their bowlers.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

@ Sorcerer based on your analogy, todays test batsman too should be ashamed of themselves then. if viv did it in 80's why are so called best test players scoring at 2 an over for the most part, i guess they should have the access to the same bats and helmets as t20 batsman have... there are batsman in current era like KP, Sehwag who have done it in test cricket

Posted by brittop on (August 30, 2013, 7:17 GMT)

@lionspaw on (August 30, 2013, 4:12 GMT): England's bowling helped the T20 format. The only point of T20 is to have loads of 6s and scores of 8, 10, 12 an over. If it only had scores of 100-120 no-one would bother watching. PS England didn't win the Ashes with that bowling attack.

Posted by Sorcerer on (August 30, 2013, 7:13 GMT)

Contrasting to the '80s, carpet outfields, highway road pitches, smallish boundaries, bouncer rule restriction, ultra-powerful bats, fast bowler burn-outs from plethora of cricket, Sir Isaac Alexander Vivian Richards would have easily plundered 200 on occasions in both T-20 and in ODIs. These so-called big-hitters are not good enough to hold a candle to him. He plundered the very hostile and best in seamer-friendly and pacy pitches without a helmet or much body protection.

Posted by android_user on (August 30, 2013, 7:02 GMT)

it was a great knock by first Australian. It seems like old team with Steve Waugh as captain. But today's players just ruining the image of last decade champions...

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 6:59 GMT)

And then there is still people that say that T20 is the future of cricket. Just having a slog can never be cricket. To be a bowler is such a game is not nice. No help from the surface and boundaries brought in for easier hits. Test cricket is the ultimate challenge.

Posted by TATTUs on (August 30, 2013, 6:58 GMT)

Its actually pathetic to see Australia trying to play Fawad Ahmed hastily!

Posted by jmcilhinney on (August 30, 2013, 6:47 GMT)

@Liquefierrrr on (August 30, 2013, 5:37 GMT), obviously the use of a boundary rope is a good thing but they do overdo it a bit in T20 in particular to somewhat manufacture a spectacle. I think that a lot of successful T20 players don't cut it in ODIs even because they get caught on the boundary where the same shot would have gone for 6 in a T20. Still, the boundaries are the same for both teams and that's simply one of the skills that a T20 player needs to have.

Posted by Naresh28 on (August 30, 2013, 6:36 GMT)

FINCH has lit up the IPL tournament as well. Between Gayle and Finch you could see that there are no better six hitters. Players like these need careful planning to dismiss them. If dont plan for them you will be thrashed around. Despite losing England put up a good show with Root leading.

Posted by KishoreMalladi on (August 30, 2013, 6:31 GMT)

Striking at 247 is no child's play and kudos to Finch for that amazing and entertaining innings. A class example of how T20 is a batsmen dominated game and Finch set his intentions clear with that superb shot off Steven Finn over the mid wicket boundary.

And as Broad mentioned, a game winning innings and any opposition captain had to agree. The changing factor apart from Finch's innings would be the fact that England were never able to get going with the maximum's. The fact that England lost the game by just 39 runs when the opposition had 248 on board shows that 6 more maximum's from England could have swung the match in England's favor - but yes - easier said than done.

For England useful contributions from Root, Bopara and Butler would be a positive take away, especially when as a team you can get easily demoralized chasing close to 250 runs in 20 overs.

The best team won today and it was thanks to Aaron Finch for some exemplary batting.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 6:29 GMT)

im sure others would have noticed it too, but even though test cricket is very exciting it does not really tests the all round abilities of a batsman, neither does t20 cricket. So both these formats depict different skill sets of a batsman as well as bowlers. it proves how complete a batsman KP, Lara, Tendulkar, Kallis really are.. where cook, trott no doubt good players, even though they can block their way in test cricket when there is no pressure to score fast will never be in the same league as batsman no matter how many they score in tests because there are facets of complete batsmanship missing in them

Posted by jmcilhinney on (August 30, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

@palavadisuresh on (August 30, 2013, 4:56 GMT), "ODI is real cricket". What a ridiculous statement. It wasn't that long ago that T20 cricket didn't exist and not much earlier than that there was no OD cricket either. For a hundred years before that the only international cricket there was is Test cricket. Are you saying that they weren't playing real cricket all that time until real cricket was suddenly invented in the 1970s?

Posted by ChrisGM on (August 30, 2013, 5:43 GMT)

During 2013 IPL Finch & his Pune Warriors team was at the receiving end of an onslaught by Chris Gayle, Finch will be feeling great that he could do a similar act on an International stage!! Absolutely brutal batting! It was a treat to watch..

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 5:42 GMT)

What an innings from flinch, delighted to watch !!

Posted by Liquefierrrr on (August 30, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge - the length of the boundary was incredibly short, but ultimately the same for both sides.

It's because of people like Ponting, who smashed their ankles into concrete fencing doing slide-saves, that the roping obsession was introduced, and now they bring them in almost to the inner circle (in t20's and some ODI's) to give the appearance of a more dynamic match.

One of Finch's shots, the 2nd consecutive six off Joe Root, appeared to go straight up in the air. It ended up sailing comfortably over the rope but still within the field. Crazy times these.

Still, can't deny an excellent innings from Finch. H Gibbs gets his name in the record books for hitting some clonky Dutchman for 6 x 6's in an over on a shoebox ground so it is only fair that Finch gets his name etched against a fairly formidable Eng bowling attack.

Posted by Jagger on (August 30, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

@ PFEL - the selectors are trying people out for the bigger tournaments. They don't know who the best players are.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (August 30, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

@lionspaw on (August 30, 2013, 4:12 GMT), clearly you know very little about cricket if you don't understand that a T20 performance means basically nothing when it comes to Test cricket. Finch just scored the highest ever score in a T20I. Would you suggest that that innings should get him a spot in Australia's Test team?

Posted by jmcilhinney on (August 30, 2013, 4:59 GMT)

@BRUTALANALYST on (August 29, 2013, 18:46 GMT), get over it. England have a settled pair opening in T20Is so Carberry wasn't likely to get a run. They've rested both their regular openers for the ODIs though, so he's far more likely to play there.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (August 30, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster on (August 29, 2013, 20:23 GMT), yep, England won the previous WT20, beat Australia 4-0 in their last ODI encounter and made the CT final, but this one T20 victory to Australia definitely means that England definitely means that England are just no good at limited-overs cricket.

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (August 30, 2013, 4:56 GMT)

it is a good time test cricket should go. It will not help cricket in any way. ODI is real cricket. In test cricket we could not find a situation where world class bowler defend 10 odd runs or batsman should score 80 or 90 in last 10 over. ODI really test every ability of every players. T20 is incredible product.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 4:54 GMT)

what a brutal innings by finch i think australia needed this big time after losing the ashes hopefully australia will bring this into the odis as well

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 4:53 GMT)

That was a terrific knock.Take a bow! Aaron Finch.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (August 30, 2013, 4:40 GMT)

At next IPL auction Finch will fetch atleast $2 million for the season

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 4:39 GMT)

This is the first Australian T20 side I've seen where I can honestly say the selectors have picked the best and most dangerous T20 batsmen we've got. And sure enough one of the four comes off in spectacular fashion, and gets good support from two of the others.

Good signs for Australia in the shortest form of the game.

Posted by android_user on (August 30, 2013, 4:36 GMT)

I think eng biggest problem is their captain broad;is not a captain material select root or bell as a captain and plz select Vince carberry and willey in this team.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 4:26 GMT)

We may all criticise IPL for many ills. But should concede that it helped many cricketers into global focus. Indian players are not the only one who benefited. Aaron Finch is an excellent example. He might have been well known within Austarlia, but IPL in general and Pune Captaincy in particular brought him into global prominence. Give the devil (IPL) its due!

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 4:24 GMT)

We are awful in T20. Danny Briggs and Luke Wright are terrible.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 4:23 GMT)

WHO would be the first one to hit 200 !!! Warner / Gayle / Finch / Afridi (injured) / ...

Posted by PadMarley on (August 30, 2013, 4:23 GMT)

What an inning!! Yet Sri Lanka still keeps the highest ever team scores in all three formats. Tests, ODI and T20. But that was close by Aussies!!

Posted by anver777 on (August 30, 2013, 4:20 GMT)

Its nice to see Warner coming to Root after the blow.... Finch missed an excellent chance to break the fastest T20 century, at one stage he was on 91 off 36 balls... nevertheless well nailed & it was remarkable feat by him !!!!!

Posted by PFEL on (August 30, 2013, 4:15 GMT)

It baffles me that Fawad was selected, but the rest of the team was "ok". A squad of 17-18 players is ridiculous though. You should have no more than 12-13 regular players with a back up or 2 on tour. Having such a big squad is just counter-productive.

Posted by lionspaw on (August 30, 2013, 4:12 GMT)

Worst ever bowling performance by a test playing nation in a T20 format. I do not know how England managed to win the Ashes test series with this bowling attack

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 4:09 GMT)

Just 28 runs without boundary and only 5 dots ball in his entire inning is a splendid view.

Posted by popcorn on (August 30, 2013, 3:57 GMT)

Horses for courses, as the saying goes. Aaron Finch, David Warner and Phil Hughes are T20 and ODI players. Ed Cowan, Usman Khawaja and Chris Rogers are Test players.Shane Watson is a good opener in ODI and T20, but I would rather preserve him to play Test Cricket at Number 3.And bowl.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 3:54 GMT)

It was wonderful rather awsome n brutel display of hitting.....great treat to watch,has aus finaly found replacemnt for symonds...

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 3:53 GMT)

great kingrooze as well england

Posted by android_user on (August 30, 2013, 3:08 GMT)

Australia need to keep it simple and pick finch and marsh for the return series in Australia. Even Fawad Ahmed could make it to the squad and pose a greater threat than the Aussie spinners we have seen so far. Cowan and khawaja make way for the two mentioned above.

Posted by android_user on (August 30, 2013, 3:01 GMT)

A complete entertainment and hell of a batting !!! Some light for Australians in the tunnel.

Posted by android_user on (August 30, 2013, 2:58 GMT)

England are just like lame horse without swann,Pietersen,Anderson and Bell....

Posted by nthuq on (August 30, 2013, 2:41 GMT)

Welcome to international cricket Aaron Finch. I've always felt that he's been nervous when previously put on the big stage. Hopefully this knock gives him the confidence to succeed in T20Is and ODIs.

Posted by android_user on (August 30, 2013, 2:41 GMT)

i wake up today and Aaron finch holds the world record for highest t20 innings, Dernbach is the most succesful of the english bowlers and England score 200+ runs in 20 overs... cnt be true, i gues i m still sleeping!!!

Posted by hambat on (August 30, 2013, 2:14 GMT)

again, morgan didn't show up when he was needed. typical. and he would be trusted with leading england as stand-in captain vs ireland?

Posted by Wallaroo on (August 30, 2013, 2:11 GMT)

I hate T20 but a win is a win and bloody fantastic. Yes, yes, yes.

Posted by GrindAR on (August 30, 2013, 1:42 GMT)

think about if he stayed till end

Posted by Patchmaster on (August 30, 2013, 1:37 GMT)

Bopara, as usual, batted too slowly. He dawdled along, showing no intent to even get near the score. ODI's he's fine, but no way is he a T20 player.

Posted by RodStark on (August 30, 2013, 1:37 GMT)

Personally, I'm all in favour of different teams for different formats, and both teams seem to be heading that way. That said, as an England supporter, I'll be happy to have the better test team rather than the better T20 team.

Posted by thE_baCk_beNcHer on (August 30, 2013, 1:11 GMT)

just awesome Aaron Finch.. never expected that from a team that lost ashes by 3-0 what a comeback. a win is a win whether it in T20 or a test match :) well played Australia.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 1:10 GMT)

Right result, wrong format

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 1:01 GMT)

great inning from finch, was amazing to see some of those edges went for six, i thouroughly enjoyed that match . atleast chris gayle has something to aim for

Posted by hotcric01 on (August 30, 2013, 0:49 GMT)

finch you are beauty!keep consistensy.aus need this kind of impact players.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (August 30, 2013, 0:48 GMT)

Finch or Afridi? Wonderful innings <3

Posted by android_user on (August 30, 2013, 0:46 GMT)

First win for Aussies in 200 days!! woah...that seems to be from some other planet. This win will help their morale... I hope this innings by Finch is a sign of many more and not one off! He did show some promise in IPL but this is special.

Posted by alstar2281 on (August 30, 2013, 0:31 GMT)

After watching Finch & Marsh this morning and how good they look in Limited Overs cricket but can't buy runs in 1st class I looked at some numbers: Ryobi cup: Ave. All batsmen 28.04 Ave Top 10 Run Scorers 51.9, Top 20 48.9, Top 30 43.3

Sheffield Sheild: Ave. All batsmen 26.10 Ave Top 10 Run Scorers 40.5, Top 20 35.7, Top 30 34.5

Interesting reading. Would expect it to be the reverse as the oppourtunity to score big is greater in 4day cricket. Flat tracks maybe, but it just seems wrong.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (August 30, 2013, 0:27 GMT)

Finch has got a real problem. He really needs to learn how to push the singles and rotate the strike. ;-)

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 0:01 GMT)

Also nice to see Jos Buttler get out of single figures for a change.

Posted by 512fm on (August 29, 2013, 23:58 GMT)

Some of those English bowlers should be utterly embarrassed with the way they bowled out there. Credit to Finch but where are the yorkers? These guys are international cricketers, it is their job and yet they can't bowl a single yorker? And I don't want to hear about how its not as effective because of the lap shots they play these days, how would they know anyway as they never bowl any of them!

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (August 29, 2013, 23:43 GMT)

England hold the upper hand despite changes (according to certain twisted logic which suggested England would be superior because they had new players to prove themselves). Well, they held the upper hand till Finch smoked the first ball of the game for six. As I said before the game, this is a very strong T-20 Aus team on paper, and it was always going to be tough for England to beat them. This is as close as we have come to putting our best T-20 batting side into a game for several years. I can't say the same for the bowling, simply because Ahmed is some kind of experiment, and Starc and McKay would clearly be in our best T-20 bowling line-up. But Hazelwood is no slouch, and would make just about any international team in any format. Johnson can be great in this format, but as his first over showed - 2 wides, 1 no ball and three boundaries - he can be awful. Lucky we had 250 runs to play with.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (August 29, 2013, 23:42 GMT)

I'm not about to criticise the umpires from the final Ashes Test but it's worth noting that, according to the rules, they had to take the players off because the conditions were considered dangerous yet, over the last week or so, we've seen Watson hit in the back of the head and Root hit in the face in conditions that were considered to be safe. The ICC should take note.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (August 29, 2013, 23:39 GMT)

From an England perspective, I'm not sure whether it's good or not but it's certainly interesting to see that, based on figures at least, Dernbach was easily the pick of the bowlers. Also, Root's selection was criticised by some but his innings may have been a match-winner on another day. England really needed someone at the top to get going but, with a chase like that facing you, it's always going to be difficult and wickets can flow once they start falling. It's a credit to England that they didn't just fall in a heap and get bowled out for next to nothing. Not nearly enough on the night though.

Posted by Barsac on (August 29, 2013, 23:38 GMT)

There has to be an element of who cares. Having watched both games I though the touch and skill of both batting and bowling in the women's game was more enjoyable and memorable.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (August 29, 2013, 23:34 GMT)

Wow! Normally you'd say that England's total was pretty good but it really pales in comparison to Australia's. That was obviously carried by one man but that's often all you need in cricket and T20 in particular. I haven't seen the game yet but I did record it so I will watch it. It sounds like Finch was in the zone and it may have been a struggle for anyone to contain him on what was a good batting strip, as it should be for T20. That said, the England bowlers do have a tendency to crack under pressure a little more than some other attacks, although perhaps anyone would crack under that much pressure. I'll be interested to see whether England were genuinely wayward of Finch was just too good. Their inability/unwillingness to bowl yorkers is still a glaring concern though. I don't expect them to match Malinga's pinpoint accuracy but, particularly when what you're doing isn't working, surely it's worth a try. David Saker has done a good job but this seems to be a failing of his.

Posted by Int.Curator on (August 29, 2013, 23:26 GMT)

Ouch! Fetch that! Typical Aaron Finch innings. He always bats with this intent and often clears the boundary on the large ovals in Australia, but has never gone this distance before. Jade Dernbach by far the best english bowler. Comforting to see the depth of the Australian players in their chosen format. England selections and so many changes might just be the catalyst to build confidences in the Australian ranks. I feel a very slight shift in momentum which might just snowball.

Posted by MinusZero on (August 29, 2013, 23:10 GMT)

Oh well, the selectors better put Finch in the test side. Isn't that their thing now days, using T20 for test selection *rolls eyes*. The big show was the big no

Posted by wineroad on (August 29, 2013, 22:46 GMT)

Excellent Finch hitting from Australia.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 22:39 GMT)

After looking at the scores, I thought its an ODI.

Posted by hodgie79 on (August 29, 2013, 22:38 GMT)

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Posted by CricketChat on (August 29, 2013, 22:36 GMT)

T20s have surely struck a chord with cricket fans all over the world in recent times, but this kind of wicket is going to kill the T20s. It does not bode well for when a team scores over 200 runs (at more than 10/over) and still loses the game badly. I liked the wickets in CPL in WI. This tournament proved that even in T20s, a fair contest between ball and bat will be enjoyed by fans.

Posted by GrindAR on (August 29, 2013, 22:25 GMT)

It was just 2mm difference that Joe avoided serious blow. Could've been defining ball of his career. Lucky he made the positive impact after that ball, showing he is not a small stuff.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (August 29, 2013, 22:23 GMT)

Finchy!!Finchhy!!!!!!!Finchhy!!!!!!!!You Beauty...

Posted by android_user on (August 29, 2013, 22:20 GMT)

Thought Ahmed bowled well tonight. Not afraid to give it some air and exacted a lot of turn. nice to see him try some variations including a pretty decent googly.

Posted by android_user on (August 29, 2013, 22:20 GMT)

Aaron Finch is a hard hitter and connects the ball very well. i have seen him last year in big bash where he performed very well. he deserve the spot in ODI as well

Posted by GrindAR on (August 29, 2013, 22:13 GMT)

Zim made 209 in 42.4 overs in a losing cause.The other international score on the same day for the same cause. Interesting

Posted by glance_to_leg on (August 29, 2013, 22:00 GMT)

ODIs really ought to go. I love test cricket, but the truly abbreviated form is superb entertainment. One day cricket really ought to be abolished. Well done Australia.

Posted by Chris_P on (August 29, 2013, 21:58 GMT)

No one doubts his assets in the short form, he has produced innings such as this (not so much a sustained example of brutality) fairly regularly in the 50 over comp, but the same player was dropped from the Victorian Shield team for massively under-performing. And people argue that T20 doesn't affect progression to the test rank? Wake up & smell the coffee, guys. These games only provide a quick hit for the peanut gallery, any semblance to the real game is purely coincidental. I am just waiting for people to post that he should be in our test side, to give me a chuckle while I enjoy breakfast.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 21:56 GMT)

Nice, Aaron Finch!! World record, no less. Looks like a batsman Oz could use in the test Squad in the not too distant future.

Posted by RightArmFastTexan on (August 29, 2013, 21:54 GMT)

I know the formats are different but a desperate Australia should be giving some of these guys a chance at Test cricket. They can't do much worse.

Posted by android_user on (August 29, 2013, 21:52 GMT)

great knock

Posted by android_user on (August 29, 2013, 21:52 GMT)

well done finch.

Posted by ramz30380 on (August 29, 2013, 21:50 GMT)

A fantastic innings, well played Flinch - it was a one man show though - Watto was getting into the groove when he got out. First win for the Aussies... well done....

Some appreciation for Root - he was hit in his face but still continued to bat with a bleeding lip! Good dedication but was the lone man standing for the English.

I hope Eng wake up from their Ashes victory celebrations and fight back in the next match!

Posted by anton1234 on (August 29, 2013, 21:39 GMT)

Mitch Johnson must play in the return series ahead of Mitch Starc. Johnson will be expensive at times but he is a wicket taker. He is capable of touching 95mph.

As for tonight's T20, I think Root earned some easy runs because of bad captaincy by the Aussie captain. He allowed him some 'free' fours. I suppose Root has earned himself a place for Saturday but I think Carberry has to come in for someone, possibly Bopara.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 21:38 GMT)

And again, Wright hits a boundary and then gets out. This is what I keep telling people. He is so unreliable and frustrating. Usually, it's one good score surrounded by a multitude of single-figure indicators of utter mediocrity. He's Jekyll and Hyde personified. Appropriate that I'm typing this diatribe while listening to "In the Mouth a Desert" by the great indie rock band Pavement. Wright's good scores are like an oasis in a desert! Signs of hope surrounded by nothing.

Eoin Morgan's legacy is fading fast. He's had his time. He did good things for England, but it's time to say goodbye. His technique has had it.

I've seen people before suggest Luke Wright as an allrounder in Tests. These people do not have a clue about Test cricket or anything else.

Posted by PrathameshYamgar on (August 29, 2013, 21:34 GMT)

Looks like Finch's stint with Pune Warriors India has really helped him, plus he got to see Chris Gayle's knock at bangalore, (in which Gayle clobbered him for 24 runs in one over). So now he is repaying back some of that to England. Looks like Australia's strategy of different teams for different formats will greatly shape up in the future, allowing all players to play a part in international cricket.

Watto also has shown why he is there in all formats. I hope australia consider michael hussey or david hussey back for t-20s, Hussey awesome player for Chennai Super Kings.

interesting T-20 and Odi series ahead guaranteed now

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 21:31 GMT)

England lose another T20. No surprise. We're hopeless in this format. Stuart Broad is a terrible captain and should concentrate on his bowling. Dernbach's performance was a blip. As soon as he is given another chance in 50-over cricket it will be pointless slower ball after pointless slower ball, all of which will be leant on by the bored batsmen. Why Danny Briggs is anywhere near the England setup is unexplainable. He's always looked average in Hampshire colours. I am, however, surprised by Ravi Bopara and Joe Roots performance, who showed, if anything, too much restraint at times during the Ashes.

Australia are very good at one-day batting and hitting out, rather than occupying the crease, hence their poor form in Tests. Aaron Finch looks an absolute riot with the bat - very entertaining! Well played, our Australian friends.

Posted by Mitty2 on (August 29, 2013, 21:17 GMT)

Come to have a quick glance at the scorecard and commentary, see that Finch has smashed a century in a t20, not surprising. Also see that Wade dropped the last bowl of the innings, not surprising - and people wonder why Haddin is in the test team over him??

Oh and what is surprising is that Dernbach was England's least expensive bowler... He's been scapegoated I say

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (August 29, 2013, 21:05 GMT)

Seriously revolting Carberry called up and not selected on his home ground with the best wicket prepared all season I feel sick to my stomach ! And he scored 100* here the other week . ..

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (August 29, 2013, 21:00 GMT)

Valiant effort by young Root there, but just too big a mountain to climb. I wonder will Faulkner be wanting ticket refunds after this game now too...

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 21:00 GMT)

Well done both teams.

I reckon Morgan has passed his sell-by date for England. Time to give someone else a go. Hales is worth persevering with, if he can find his form again.

I am very unconvinced by England's bowling attack. Except Broad, it lacks real quality, and hasn't much idea how to contain opposition batsmen, or how to react to punishment.

Overall, England are a long way from world-beaters.

Posted by Malx on (August 29, 2013, 20:59 GMT)

Fantastic knock by Finch , just as well because the rest were average. Australia need to bowl a whole lot better next time. Where were the yorkers ?? Johnson , Hazelwood, Faulkner & Watson need to bowl at the stumps, fast & straight. I don't see why all the fuss is made about Ahmed ?? A very average bowler & he's 31 !! It would of been a close game if it were not for Finch.

Posted by oval77 on (August 29, 2013, 20:56 GMT)

Congrats to Australia (or henceforth the United XI?) on their first win of this tour. Perhaps Australia need to focus on their strengths in 20/20 rather than their weaknesses in the other, longer formats? Seriously good innings from Finch, well done lad.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (August 29, 2013, 20:54 GMT)

One of the greatest knock I have ever seen.Well played Finch.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (August 29, 2013, 20:53 GMT)

I love T20 it's great entertainment. It bears no resemblance to the longer forms of the game, but is perfectly designed for the public to go to after work. A great evening out.

Posted by brittop on (August 29, 2013, 20:50 GMT)

Another boring one-sided T20I. Some guy slogging to leg.

Posted by Jaffa79 on (August 29, 2013, 20:38 GMT)

Stunning performance by Finch. He looks a fine player. Batting performance of the summer!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 29, 2013, 20:23 GMT)

England are a wreck when it comes to limited overs cricket. They are simply not good. Sometimes I wonder, why not play the exact test XI in T20s and ODIs ? At least they can be competitive to some extent. I am sure English fans want to see a strong England in all formats. Excuses of "we are not interested in anything but tests" won't cut it. It's time to get real. Australia should win this one in a canter.

Posted by asim229 on (August 29, 2013, 20:22 GMT)

Wow. Never thought a team can make 258 in a T20 game. Maybe now we will going to see a 500+ score in an ODI soon.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 20:17 GMT)

Drop Marsh and get in Smith. and stop picking spinners out of nowhere, its not a rule to have a spinner in your side.McKay is the best shorter format bowler in the country and he must play.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 20:15 GMT)

Haaaa...take that England :D

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 20:06 GMT)

come on aussie dont leave england to win show u r tallents

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 19:56 GMT)

I wonder if he can repeat it or is he just a one-time wonder? Time will certainly tell.

Posted by ReadThiS on (August 29, 2013, 19:45 GMT)

Finch will clinch the first T20 match for Australia.Well done boy!!

Posted by mixters on (August 29, 2013, 19:45 GMT)

opps where is that steam roller momentum our friend FFL is talking about?

Posted by SaadRocx on (August 29, 2013, 19:43 GMT)

Oh dear..Lol..What a Revenge for Ashes defeat..Go Aussies#

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 19:41 GMT)

Speaks volumes of the rating systems for teams in T20's, on any given day, anyone can beat anyone!

Posted by SevereCritic on (August 29, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

Brilliant Finch. This is more like the Aus vs England I am used to watching. And Broad is such a clueless captain.

Posted by GrindAR on (August 29, 2013, 19:16 GMT)

actually in 16 overs... (2 century partnerships)... Finch pulled it like a winch without pulley..

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (August 29, 2013, 19:15 GMT)

Johnson bowling eh? We'll get 'em in wides....

Posted by GrindAR on (August 29, 2013, 19:14 GMT)

2 century partnerships in 20 overs...

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (August 29, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

"England still hold edge," Yeah right mate. Well done Aaron Finch, knew he had it in him to do this at international level.

Posted by JG2704 on (August 29, 2013, 19:02 GMT)

Congratulations Australia. I think there was some junk from our bowlers but Finch was hitting decent balls all over the place too. It almost seems comical to say Dernbach dragged it back so Aus only scored 248. I'm dreading what the margin of victory will be. Brilliant inns Finch

Posted by android_user on (August 29, 2013, 19:02 GMT)

Australia have benifitted from the IPL. Finch pinches England very hard. What a knock ! well donee

Posted by lala_fan on (August 29, 2013, 19:01 GMT)

get finch for ashes :) but seriously he should be a part of ODI team atleast.that was not just slogging but good clean hits from the middle

Posted by android_user on (August 29, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

Finch made the history. Now its team for australian team to make history. Can Australia do it??

Posted by Jadejafan on (August 29, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

How embarrassing for England. Usually you would see such a emphatic knock against a minnow team or England must be minnows in T20 :)

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (August 29, 2013, 18:46 GMT)

I feel sick no Carberry even in the 11 ? and on his home ground last game 100* here I'm gonna support Australia for the first time in my life disgusting

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

Sensational Hitting by Finch . Great Entertainment .

Posted by indicricket on (August 29, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

It is only England that needs to include Dernbach in it's team in spite of his 'accomplishments'. South Africa would be cock-a-hoop that he decided to play not to play for them.

Posted by indicricket on (August 29, 2013, 18:30 GMT)

Marsh ton? Anyway it gave me huge pleasure that Finch's 100th run came from a six off a Broad delivery

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (August 29, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

The length of boundaries in T20 makes for good entertainment, but really is a funny thing to witness for seasoned cricket fans. Watching fielders going to catch a mis-timed skier but having their catch disrupted by a rope at their feet, 20 yrds in from where it should be, is a little silly.

Posted by IndianEagle on (August 29, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

joe root t20 player? Defintely by not scoring runs perhaps by giving runs!

Posted by bobmartin on (August 29, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

Australia are well over 100 after less than 10 overs... .. Guess England can kiss goodbye to this game....

Posted by Sachin_The_Greatest on (August 29, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

that is one really explosive T20 side of australia

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (August 29, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

Warner gone already? How ironic... here was me saying all day the short formats are his territory...

Posted by salazar555 on (August 29, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

I'm not happy Dernbach is playing, I'm not particularly happy Bopara is playing. Rankin should have got a go

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