The big hitting Australian powerhouse that is Aaron Finch is all set for his Yorkshire debut on Friday in the T20 Blast against Derbyshire at Headingley. He is one of, if not the most, talked about player in this year's tournament
Finch, fresh from his stint in the Indian Premier League with Sunrisers Hyderabad, will bring more international quality to a Yorkshire side blessed with fantastic cricketing talent.
The Australian is ranked number one in the World in T20s but his performances in the Indian Premier League were not exactly what we have come to expect from him. In 13 matches Finch scored a total of 309 runs at an average of just over 28. However, his strike rate was still very impressive as he scored at a rate of 117 runs per 100 balls.
The arrival of Finch at Yorkshire was clearly influenced by Yorkshire's Australian connections from both past and present. Australia's current coach Darren Lehmann is a legend at Headingley after successful years at the club and Yorkshire's Australian coach Jason Gillespie is good friends with Lehmann after their international playing days together.
Finch will no doubt be a threat in the T20 Blast for Yorkshire and will ensure bumper crowds wherever he plays. However, he will need to repeat some of his past T20 heroics if Yorkshire are to challenge successfully.
Finch has made his name in T20s. Last summer the 27 year-old Victorian blasted 156 runs from just 68 balls against England at the Aegis Bowl which brought him to the attention of the World.
Finch has not just arrived at Headingley to play T20s though as he is also available for all formats of the game and will be hoping to push for a call up to the Australian Test match team in the future, as he has yet to make his debut for his country in this format. He will take the place of New Zealander Kane Williamson as Yorkshire's overseas player as Williamson has been selected to tour the West Indies, but will return to the club in July.
Yorkshire have begun this year's T20 competition with a defeat in their opening game against defending champions Northants at Headingley and then suffered a complete washout against Birmingham at Edgbaston. They will hope Finch can inspire them to their first victory on Friday at the expense of visiting Derbyshire.
There is a long way to go in the tournament but there is no doubt that the arrival of Finch will give everyone at Headingley a huge lift and hopefully provide the x-factor for this year's T20 Blast.
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