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Finch returns to form with ODI knock of 93

Aaron Finch's run of failing to reach 50 has ended in Ranchi, where the captain scored 93 in Australia's ODI against India.

Finch returns to form with ODI knock of 93

Aaron Finch's run of failing to reach 50 has ended in Ranchi, where the captain scored 93 in Australia's ODI against India.

AARON FINCH of Australia looks ahead during the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.
AARON FINCH of Australia looks ahead during the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at MCG in Melbourne, Australia. Picture:Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Aaron Finch has ended his drought with a knock of 93 in Ranchi, falling short of a 12th ODI hundred but showing exactly why he will be captaining Australia at the World Cup.

Finch was trapped lbw by Kuldeep Yadav during the 32nd over of Australia's third one-dayer against India, having clattered three sixes and 10 fours in a return to form.


The skipper, who recently suggested the past six months had been mentally challenging and "the most difficult of my career in terms of chopping and changing formats", reviewed his dismissal.

The third umpire ratified the on-field call, although there appeared to be a clear error with the ball-tracking replay.

It's unlikely Finch would have been saved if not for the technology glitch but it's prompted plenty of questions about the odd end to his innings.

Finch showed no signs of emotion when he walked off the field on Friday to a standing ovation from teammates and support staff.

The opener, asked to bat first and under immense pressure to stop a slump that extended back to the middle of last year, looked a different beast to the misfiring batsman dubbed "mentally gone" by former selector Mark Waugh.

Finch had failed to reach 50 in 21 consecutive white-ball innings for Australia.

That streak ended when he brought up a half-century by cutting a loose delivery from spinner Kedar Jadhav to the rope in the 17th over; a boundary that was sandwiched between two sweetly-timed sixes.

The 32-year-old hardly celebrated his minor milestone, keen to kick on and make it a far bigger score.

Finch almost chopped on while on 67 but otherwise looked in total control until he was undone by Yadav for the second game in a row.

Finch and Usman Khawaja shared a remarkable 193-run stand.

It was Australia's highest opening partnership in the 50-over format since Finch and David Warner put on 231 runs, also in India, back in 2017.

Out for a third-ball duck in the first ODI, Finch had some one-on-one time with coach Justin Langer in the Nagpur nets prior to the squad's training session.

Finch showed promising signs on Tuesday during a knock of 37 in Nagpur, where he survived a testing new-ball examination from Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami on a dry pitch.

The right-hander got off the mark on Friday with a couple of well-timed boundaries in Bumrah's first over.

The world's top-ranked ODI bowler convinced Virat Kohli to unsuccessfully review an lbw shout in the same over.

Coach Justin Langer vowed last week to be patient with Finch, praising his leadership just three months out from the World Cup.

However, speculation about Finch's place in the side was growing with every failure.

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