Australian white ball captain Aaron Finch admitted on Sunday that he was not surprised after being unsold in recent Indian Premier League auctions, but said a little time at home would not be the “worst thing” as he strives to rediscover his touch.
Finch enjoyed an unforgettable 2020 IPL in the United Arab Emirates, where he averaged just 22.3 with a single score of over 50 for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
He had an equally unimpressive Big Bash League (BBL) campaign, managing just 179 points to 13.76 in 13 innings for the Melbourne Renegades.
“It would have been nice to play again, it’s an amazing competition to participate in, but it was no surprise that I wasn’t picked to be honest,” Finch told reporters on the eve of the first. T20 International vs New Zealand here.
The auction took place in Chennai on February 18, and Australians Glenn Maxwell and Jhye Richardson took gold, bringing in Rs 14.25 and Rs 14 crore respectively.
“I would rather play cricket but a little time at home maybe not the worst thing, having a pretty busy schedule since August when we left for UK and several times in quarantine and many times in hubs and bubbles… ”
“I think going home and recharging the batteries might be good. I know my wife is really looking forward to it, ”Finch added.
Australia will face New Zealand in the T20I five-game series, starting Monday at the Hagley Oval.
Finch worked on a few technical aspects during the quarantine before clashes against their rivals Trans-Tasman and now hopes to regain his form after a prolonged lean phase.
“I worked on a few technical things, trying to put a little less weight on my front foot. Sometimes I can have flat feet and my feet are planted, and then I have a hard time moving again, ”Finch said.
“I have my initial movement and then I’m a bit stuck. I’ve talked a lot and worked quite a bit with Andrew McDonald, who I come back to whenever things don’t seem quite right and he seems to sort it out pretty quickly.
“So it was nice to have a lot of training and focus on a few small technical changes,” added Finch.