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Sport Cricket: Form slump not affecting Finch's leadership - Richardson

09:50  26 february  2021
09:50  26 february  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Aaron Finch's prolonged form slump has not changed the Australia captain's demeanour around the team in New Zealand and he deserves a "massive tick" for being able to put his struggles aside, fast bowler Kane Richardson said.

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Australia's white ball captain Finch is under huge pressure to produce a score after bringing his poor form from the Big Bash League into the Twenty20 series.

He scored one run in the opener in Christchurch and 12 in Dunedin on Thursday as Australia fell 2-0 behind in the five-match series.

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Finch ' s rich vein of form continued at his "second home" at The Oval as he peeled off a dominant 153 from just 132 balls, the highest score of his ODI career, to lead Australia to a comfortable win over Sri Lanka. Finch leads from the front with super Cup ton. Ponting, whose 140 in the 2003 final was the highest After breaking a torrid form slump to post 93 in that match in Ranchi, he's passed 50 eight times in 13 innings, hit three tons and averaged 76.16. Fantastic Finch hits timely ton. The Australian team's one-day form has mirrored their captain's, losing just one match since Finch made the shift.

Richardson said Finch had not let his form affect his leadership.

"If you came into our camp today you wouldn't know that he's struggling for runs," Richardson told reporters on Friday.

"He hasn't changed how he is around the group with us, how he is on the field in terms of being captain and his plans.

"So that's a massive tick for him to not let his own form come into how he is away from cricket but also on the field.

"We just want to see him make some runs ... We all know how tough the game can be when you're not getting the output that you want."

With a raft of first-choice players left at home, Australia lost by four runs in Dunedin following their 53-run thrashing in Christchurch. The next game is in Wellington on March 3.

New Zealand piled on 219 for seven in Dunedin against a pace attack featuring Richardson, Jhye Richardson and rookie Daniel Sams.

Richardson said Jhye Richardson's return to international cricket after a major shoulder injury had been a bright spot but other bowlers had let the side down.

"As a bowling group, we've probably been outbowled these first two games," he said.

"He's definitely holding up his end of the bargain, but I think myself and a few others need to continue to back him up a bit better than what we have the first two."

(Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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