Cricket: Finch flies in for Auckland

Australian batsman Aaron Finch will join Auckland for their HRV Cup semifinal clash with Wellington tomorrow. Photo / AP.
Australian batsman Aaron Finch will join Auckland for their HRV Cup semifinal clash with Wellington tomorrow. Photo / AP.

Australian batsman Aaron Finch will join Auckland for their HRV Cup semifinal clash with Wellington tomorrow.

Finch comes fresh from the Big Bash League where he captained the Melbourne Renegades to the semifinals. Their loss in that game against the Brisbane Heat means he is now available for tomorrow's match at the Basin Reserve and the final against Otago in Dunedin if the Aces win.

Finch has an enviable Twenty20 record, averaging 38 overall and with over 1600 runs in 54 matches. He has also played a handful of games for Australia in both twenty20 and one day formats and comes off a Big Bash season where he posted his first ever T20 century and racked up 332 runs at an average of 66.4.

Auckland coach Paul Strang said: "He's a class player and he's obviously been in really good form for the Renegades so he'll be a great addition to the team. We're looking forward to him continuing that form when he pulls on an Aces shirt."

Finch will be Auckland's second overseas professional alongside Andre Adams, with Englishman Phil Mustard having been released to take up a contract in the Bangladesh Premier League.

The Auckland squad also sees one change from that which downed Central Districts to make the semifinal, with Grafton batsman Dusan Hakaraia joining the 13 to replace Anaru Kitchen, who suffered a side strain during that game and is still injured.

- APNZ

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