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Finch's woes continue, out for duck in ODI

Aaron Finch's white-ball worries have continued in the first ODI between Australia and India, having been removed for a third-ball duck.

Finch's woes continue, out for duck in ODI

Aaron Finch's white-ball worries have continued in the first ODI between Australia and India, having been removed for a third-ball duck.

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 extended his poor run of form, falling for a third-ball duck in Australia's ODI series opener against India.

Coach Justin Langer vowed this week to be patient during Finch's slump, which dates back to last July and spans 20 ODI innings without reaching 50.


But with the World Cup starting in just under three months, Langer's patience will presumably have a breaking point.

Finch has a further four games in the current series to find form before Australia travel to the UAE for a five-match series against Pakistan. Australia must then name their 15-man World Cup squad by April 23.

The prospect of Finch missing the cut was unthinkable when he was appointed limited-overs captain in 2018, the same year he was Australia's leading ODI run-scorer with 493, and he has been a major part of World Cup planning.

Yet if the opener is unable to bank a big score this month then selectors may be forced to wield the axe and find a new skipper.

Finch was out edging in Hyderabad on Saturday, defeated by the top-ranked ODI bowler in the world Jasprit Bumrah for the second time on tour.

The 32-year-old shouldered arms to the first ball he faced, played and missed, then nudged forward to a fine delivery that seamed off the deck and took the edge that MS Dhoni gleefully accepted.

Finch, speaking on match eve in Hyderabad, expressed confidence in himself and rejected Mark Waugh's critique about his state of mind.

Waugh had declared after the first T20 that Finch "looks mentally gone".

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