Glenn Donald McGrath AM is a former Australian international cricketer and a commentator for Channel Nines cricket coverage. Known throughout his career for maintaining a line and length, McGraths consistency enabled him to be one of the most economical. He has taken the seventh-highest number of one day international wickets, McGrath is the director of MRF Pace Foundation, replacing Dennis Lillee, who served for 25 years. He currently serves as the Co-Founder and President of the McGrath Foundation, Glenn McGrath, along with Rahul Dravid, was honoured during the seventh annual Bradman Awards function in Sydney on November 1,2012. He was inducted into ICC Hall of fame in January 2013, McGrath was born in Dubbo, to Beverly and Kevin McGrath. He grew up in Narromine, New South Wales where he first played cricket and he moved to Sydney to play grade cricket for Sutherland, and made his debut for NSW during the 1992–93 season. McGrath capped his rapid rise in the next Australian summer with selection in the Test team after only eight first-class matches, McGraths Test debut was against New Zealand at Perth, in 1993–1994.
In Australias 1995 Test series victory, McGrath took the approach of bouncing the West Indies team including the bowlers, which had not happened before. In 14 first-class games he took 80 wickets at 13.21, including an outstanding innings return of 8–41 against Northamptonshire and he played a few games for Middlesex in 2004, although accurate, he could manage only nine wickets in four first-class appearances for the county. During the 1st Test at Lords in the 2005 Ashes series Glenn McGrath became the fourth bowler in history to take 500 Test wickets with the dismissal of Marcus Trescothick. This wicket was the start of a productive spell of 5–2 which led to England being bowled out for 155. McGrath took 4–29 in the 2nd innings and was named man of the match in a comprehensive Australian victory and he missed the 4th Test at Trent Bridge, which England won by 3 wickets, with an elbow injury. McGrath returned for the final Test at The Oval but he, and the rest of the Australian team, were unable to force a result and the match was drawn, giving England the series win.
McGraths injury problems are seen as a key factor in England regaining the Ashes, Australia hosted England in the 2006-07 Ashes series and quickly regained the Ashes, beating England 5–0, only the second 5–0 series whitewash in Ashes history. Having taken a break from cricket since April 2006, McGrath used the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy to reclaim his spot in Australias test XI. He took a 6 wicket haul in his innings in the first test at the Gabba to set the tone for the rest of the series. McGrath took 21 wickets in the series at an average of 23.90, as well as scoring 10 runs, in his biography McGrath wrote, On 23 December 2006, McGrath announced his retirement from tests. His last test was the Fifth Ashes Test against England in Sydney in January 2007, McGrath was signed by the Delhi DareDevils for the first season of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket competition in 2008, for a sum of US$350,000
Mitchell Johnson (cricketer)
Mitchell Guy Johnson is an Australian cricketer. He is a left-arm fast bowler and left-handed batsman and he made his Test debut for Australia in November 2007 and was awarded the International Cricket Councils Cricketer of the Year award in 2009. He played a key role in the semi-final and final matches of ICC World Cup 2015 which led to Australia winning the World Cup for the fifth time, Johnson retired from all forms of international cricket in November 2015, having represented Australia in a total of 256 matches. Johnson was the last active Australian player with a Test cap number in the 300s, Johnson was born and raised in Townsville, Queensland. His first sporting love was tennis with his idol being Pete Sampras, at 14 he was offered the opportunity to move to Brisbane to further his tennis career but turned it down. It wasnt until the age of 17 that Johnson gave up on his dream of being a professional tennis player. When Johnson attended a clinic in Brisbane at age 17. Lillee contacted former team mate Rod Marsh and arranged for Johnson to join the Australian Cricket Academy in Adelaide, Johnson subsequently played for the Australian Under-19 side that toured England in 1999, however recurrent back injuries hampered his prospects.
He recovered to start his first-class career two years later, when he was selected to play cricket for his native Queensland. Playing for Queensland against New Zealand, Johnson hit a six off the first ball he faced in first-class cricket, in September 2005, he was in the Australia A cricket team that toured Pakistan. He generally bowls the sling action and has the capability to bowl in excess of 150kph, Johnson switched from the Queensland Bulls to the Western Warriors on 25 July 2008. Johnson was chosen to be in the squad for the first Ashes Test beginning on 23 November 2006, Johnson went on to take 4/96 in the match. On 19 January 2008, Johnson scored his first ever Test half-century, against India in Perth and he ended with 8/61 the next day. Despite this performance, Australia went on to lose the test, in the series he made 64 batting with Michael Clarke. The 2009 tour to South Africa saw an important development in Johnsons armoury, the ability to swing the ball into the right-hander.
During the First Test, on 27 February 2009, Johnson scored 96 not out and he took eight wickets with the ball. After this, notable cricket commentator Peter Roebuck described him as the best fast bowler in the world, in the Third Test, with Australia almost defeated, he struck maiden Test century 123 not out, reaching triple figures in only 66 balls. With tail-ender Bryce McGain for company, Johnson decided to take on the bowling, although Australia went on to lose the Test match by an innings, Johnson was named man of the series, with 16 wickets and over 250 runs in 3 matches
One Day International
A One Day International is a form of limited overs cricket, played between two teams with international status, in which each team faces a fixed number of overs, usually 50. The Cricket World Cup is played in this format, One Day International matches are called Limited Overs Internationals, although this generic term may refer to Twenty20 International matches. They are major matches and considered the highest standard of limited overs competition, the international one-day game is a late twentieth-century development. The first ODI was played on 5 January 1971 between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. When the first three days of the third Test were washed out officials decided to abandon the match and, Australia won the game by 5 wickets. ODIs were played in kits with a red ball. The first of the matches with coloured uniforms was the WSC Australians in wattle gold versus WSC West Indians in coral pink, played at VFL Park in Melbourne on 17 January 1979. Matches played with coloured kits and a white ball became more commonplace over time, and the use of white flannels, in the main the Laws of cricket apply.
However, in ODIs, each team bats for a number of overs. In the early days of ODI cricket, the number of overs was generally 60 overs per side, and matches were played with 40,45 or 55 overs per side. Simply stated, the works as follows, An ODI is contested by 2 teams of 11 players each. The Captain of the winning the toss chooses to either bat or bowl first. The team batting first sets the score in a single innings. The innings lasts until the side is all out or all of the first sides allotted overs are completed. Each bowler is restricted to bowling a maximum of 10 overs, each team must comprise at least five competent bowlers. The team batting second tries to score more than the score in order to win the match. Similarly, the side bowling second tries to out the second team or make them exhaust their overs before they reach the target score in order to win. If the number of runs scored by both teams is equal when the team loses all of its wickets or exhausts all its overs
Twenty20 cricket, sometimes written Twenty-20, and often abbreviated to T20, is a short form of cricket. At the professional level, it was introduced by the England and Wales Cricket Board in 2003 for the inter-county competition in England. In a Twenty20 game the two teams have a single innings each, which is restricted to a maximum of 20 overs, a typical Twenty20 game is completed in about three hours, with each innings lasting around 75–90 minutes and a 10–20-minute interval. This is much shorter than previously-existing forms of the game, and is closer to the timespan of other team sports. It was introduced to create a form of the game which would be attractive to spectators at the ground. Since its inception the game has very successful resulting in its spread around the cricket world. On most international tours there is at least one Twenty20 match, the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 was played in South Africa in 2007 with India winning by five runs against Pakistan in the final. Pakistan won the tournament in 2009, and England won the title in the West Indies 2010.
West Indies won in 2012, with Sri Lanka winning the 2014 tournament, West Indies are the reigning champions, winning the 2016 competition, and in doing so, became the first nation to win the tournament twice. When the Benson & Hedges Cup ended in 2002, the ECB needed another one day competition to fill its place, cricketing authorities were looking to boost the games popularity with the younger generation in response to dwindling crowds and reduced sponsorship. It was intended to deliver fast paced, exciting cricket accessible to thousands of fans who were put off by the versions of the game. Stuart Robertson, the manager of the ECB, proposed a 20 over per innings game to county chairmen in 2001. The first official Twenty20 matches were played on 13 June 2003 between the English counties in the Twenty20 Cup, the first season of Twenty20 in England was a relative success, with the Surrey Lions defeating the Warwickshire Bears by 9 wickets in the final to claim the title. Thirteen teams from different parts of the participated in Pakistans inaugural competition in 2004.
On 12 January 2005 Australias first Twenty20 game was played at the WACA Ground between the Western Warriors and the Victorian Bushrangers and it drew a sell-out crowd of 20,000, which was the first time in nearly 25 years the ground had been completely sold out. Starting 11 July 200619 West Indies regional teams competed in what was named the Stanford 20/20 tournament, the event was financially backed by billionaire Allen Stanford, who gave at least US$28,000,000 funding money. It was intended that the tournament would be an annual event, guyana won the inaugural event, defeating Trinidad and Tobago by 5 wickets, securing US$1,000,000 in prize money. On 5 January 2007 Queensland Bulls played the New South Wales Blues at The Gabba, a crowd of 11,000 was expected based on pre-match ticket sales
Shaun William Tait is a professional Australian cricketer, who currently plays only in the Twenty20 format. He is a right arm fast bowler, Tait retired from One Day International cricket on 28 March 2011, following Australias early exit from the 2011 Cricket World Cup. In March 2017, Tait announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, Taits delivery action is a sling style that is reminiscent of former Australian fast bowler Jeff Thomsons action. Dubbed The Wild Thing, Tait is considered one of the fastest bowlers in the world and regularly delivers the ball at speeds up to 155 km/h, and occasionally faster. At T20 international on 5 February 2010 against Pakistan Tait bowled a ball measured at 160.7 km/h, the fastest ball ever recorded in Australia. His fastest ball was against England at Lords at 161. 1kph in 2010, Tait has been criticised as being expensive. Tait labelled the comments as a disgrace and added that hed be willing to undergo tests to prove his action is legal, Tait has represented South Australia for a majority of his first-class career, however has played matches for Australia A and Durham.
He has taken over 150 first-class wickets at a rate of under 50. At the age of nineteen, Tait made his first-class debut for South Australia against Western Australia on 19 December 2002 at the Adelaide Oval and he only bowled in one innings on his debut, yet finished with respectable figures of 3/77 off 22.2 overs. Tait played 5 games in his first season, taking 20 wickets at an average of 22.55, as a result of his strong first season, Tait was awarded with a place at the Australian Cricket Academy alongside such players as Ben Hilfenhaus and Luke Ronchi. In the 2003–04 season, Tait hit his highest score of 68 batting left handed, an in form Tait was selected in the Australia A team to take on the touring Indians. Tait took 3/85 in the Indians first innings, including the wicket of Virender Sehwag, Tait once again had a strong Pura Cup season, taking 30 wickets at 28.33. This helped earn Tait Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year for 2004 and he was further rewarded as he was named in Australias squad to tour Sri Lanka after Brett Lee was ruled out through injury.
While he did not play a match on the tour, his inclusion signalled that the Australian selectors saw him as a prospect for the future, in July 2004, Tait was signed by Durham for the second half of the English County Championship season. His first match was against a Somerset side captained by Ricky Ponting and his County debut was a poor one and saw him take 0/113 off 12 overs including 21 no balls. Tait only played one more match for Durham before flying home again. Tait was rewarded with his first Cricket Australia contract for the 2004–05 season, Tait repaid the selectors faith in him by having his best Pura Cup season to date. He took 65 first-class wickets at an average of 20.16 and his record breaking season helped him gain a place on the Australian 2005 Ashes tour
Shane Robert Watson is a former Australian professional cricketer and captain. He played as a batsman and a right-handed fast-medium swing bowler. He debuted in 2002 in a One Day International and retired in 2016 as world No.1 T20I all-rounder and he is the last player to retire from Australias golden era of early 2000s. Watson holds several records in T20Is and he held the world No.1 position for a record 150 weeks, including a record 120 consecutive weeks in T20I all-rounder rankings.80, while taking 11 wickets with the ball. He is the player to win four consecutive Player of the Match Awards in ICC event history. Shane Watson was an AIS Australian Cricket Academy scholarship holder in 2000 and he started his first-class cricketing career for Tasmania after leaving his home state of Queensland, but returned to play for his native Queensland as his international career was beginning. He has played for Hampshire in the English County Championship in 2005 and he regards Terry Alderman as one of his mentors.
Australian captain at the time Steve Waugh stated that Watson would possibly be Australias first genuine all rounder since Keith Miller, Watson expressed joy at being selected in an Australian team with Waugh, whom he cited as his idol. Watson scored a century on his debut in a tour match. Watson did make his ODI debut on tour, ironically replacing Waugh, Watson continued as a regular member of the ODI team until he suffered three stress fractures in his back, at the start of 2003, missing the 2003 Cricket World Cup. He was replaced by his Queensland teammate Andrew Symonds, who proceeded to establish his position as the all rounder after scoring 143*, Watson returned to regular ODI duty in the 2004–05 season, as a bowling all rounder. He made his test debut in the Third Test against Pakistan as the fifth bowler, Australian selectors included Watson as the fifth bowler and all rounder in all Test matches following the 2005 Ashes series. Watson played against the ICC World XI in the role, but he dislocated his shoulder in just his second Test in that role against the West Indies.
Watson was again replaced by Symonds and was unable to represent Australia for the remainder of the summer and he was recalled for the one day squad for the 2006 tour of South Africa but was dropped when all-rounder Andrew Symonds returned from injury. Watson was looking to establish a place in the Test side when he got injured and this changed when Watson opened the batting for Australia at the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy, alongside wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist, instead of Simon Katich. Australian captain Ricky Ponting suggested that Watson would bat at the number 6 position in the 2006–07 Ashes series against England, and he was named in the squad. However, he came off the ground in a domestic game the week before the first Test with a suspected hamstring tear. Michael Clarke was called up in Watsons place, and responded with a half-century, another injury setback in a match for Queensland ruled Watson out for the rest of the Ashes series
James Redfern Hopes is a former Australian cricketer. Hopes played domestic cricket for Queensland, and had represented Australia in One Day International, Hopes has played for Australias Under-19s side as a batsman but as his career has progressed he has become more of a bowling all-rounder. Hopes, who made his debut in 2001, is the Bulls leading wicket-taker in the one-day competition and he has five Pura Cup centuries for Queensland and two one-day hundreds, but is a successful bowler. He had opened innings for Queensland in 2006/07 scoring 553 runs and taking 21 wickets in the Pura Cup, and capturing a season-high 20 victims, in 2010/11, he was handed the state captaincy replacing Chris Simpson. He was named Sheffield Shield Player of the Series for the 2010/11 series and he became 49th captain of the state. In November 2010, Hopes picked up 3 for 40 and top scored with 73 as the Bulls pushed well past Tasmanias disappointing 196 on the day at Bellerive Oval. In Big Bash match against Tasmania, he scored unbeaten 65 runs and affected a run-out and took a one-handed catch to dismiss Ryan ten Doeschate was declared the Man-of-the-Match.
In Big Bash match against New South Wales, he scored unbeaten 62 runs 38 balls, in 2011, an allround performance from Hopes led Queensland to a comfortable six-wicket victory against New South Wales in Ryobi Cup. Hopes provided a start with 41 off 56 deliveries before this he took 4 wickets for 16 runs. Hopes took six-wicket haul and ensured that Queensland finished in place on the 2010/11 Sheffield Shield table with victory by an innings. Hopes was named the Sheffield Shield Player of the Series for 2010/11 at the State Cricket Awards in Hobart, Hopes finished season with averaged of 58.70 with the bat and 20.11 with the ball winning 23 votes won the award ahead of Tasmania allrounder Luke Butterworth. In 2011 Big Bash League, Hopes was signed with the Brisbane Heat, in IPL2012, he signed Sahara Pune Warriors from Delhi Daredevils. Hopes was the foreigner to be contracted by Warriors in the transfer window. But Pune Warriors had suffered a setback to their IPL preparations with an injury ruling out the Hopes.
Hopes led from the front with a half-century in the first innings, at the end of Queenslands 2016/17 Australian domestic season, Hopes retired from all cricket. He made eight ODI appearances in 2004/05 and he did not take more than a wicket in a match although his batting showed promise with a top score of 43 against Sri Lanka. Despite the late-season promotion, Hopes was cut from the national contract list, when another Watson injury occurred Hopes was put on World Cup standby before regaining his Cricket Australia deal. Hopes most productive day at elite level came in 2010 when his 5 for 14 ensured Australia would not be embarrassed by Ireland in an ODI in Dublin, the career-best figures were a deserved reward for a low-key player who pops in to deliver handy overs or scramble late runs
Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a cricket field, at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard-long pitch with a wicket at each end. One team bats, attempting to score as many runs as possible, each phase of play is called an innings. After either ten batsmen have been dismissed or a number of overs have been completed, the innings ends. The winning team is the one that scores the most runs, including any extras gained, at the start of each game, two batsmen and eleven fielders enter the field of play. The striker takes guard on a crease drawn on the four feet in front of the wicket. His role is to prevent the ball hitting the stumps by use of his bat. The other batsman, known as the non-striker, waits at the end of the pitch near the bowler. A dismissed batsman must leave the field, and a teammate replaces him, the bowlers objectives are to prevent the scoring of runs and to dismiss the batsman. An over is a set of six deliveries bowled by the same bowler, the next over is bowled from the other end of the pitch by a different bowler.
If a fielder retrieves the ball enough to put down the wicket with a batsman not having reached the crease at that end of the pitch. Adjudication is performed on the field by two umpires, the laws of cricket are maintained by the International Cricket Council and the Marylebone Cricket Club. Traditionally cricketers play in all-white kit, but in limited overs cricket they wear club or team colours. In addition to the kit, some players wear protective gear to prevent injury caused by the ball. Although crickets origins are uncertain, it is first recorded in south-east England in the 16th century and it spread globally with the expansion of the British Empire, leading to the first international matches in the mid-19th century. ICC, the governing body, has over 100 members. The sport is followed primarily in Australasia, the Indian subcontinent, southern Africa, womens cricket, which is organised and played separately, has achieved international standard. A number of words have been suggested as sources for the term cricket, in the earliest definite reference to the sport in 1598 it is called creckett.
One possible source for the name is the Old English cricc or cryce meaning a crutch or staff, in Samuel Johnsons Dictionary, he derived cricket from cryce, Saxon, a stick
A cricket ball is a hard, solid ball used to play cricket. A cricket ball consists of cork covered by leather, and manufacture is regulated by law at first-class level. The manipulation of a ball, through employment of its various physical properties, is a staple component of bowling and dismissing batsmen. In test cricket, professional games that spread over a multitude of days, and almost the entirety of amateur cricket. Training balls of white and pink are common, during cricket matches, the quality of the ball changes to a point where it is no longer usable, and during this decline its properties alter and thus can influence the match. Injuries and fatalities have been caused by cricket balls during matches, the hazards posed by cricket balls were a key motivator for the introduction of protective equipment. British Standard BS5993 specifies the details, quality. A cricket ball is made with a core of cork, which is layered with tightly wound string, the equator of the ball is stitched with string to form the balls prominent seam, with six rows of stitches.
The remaining two joins between the pieces are stitched internally. Lower-quality balls with a two-piece covering are popular for practice, the nature of the cricket ball slightly varies with its manufacturer. Cricket balls are red, and red balls are used in Test cricket. Manufacturers claim that white and red balls are manufactured using the methods and materials. Before October 2007, except during 1992 and 1996 World Cups, only one ball was used during an innings of an ODI, pink balls were developed in the 2000s to enable Tests and first-class matches played at night. It has performed well enough in testing and first-class cricket to be approved for use in international cricket, other colours were experimented with, such as yellow and orange, for improved night visibility, but pink proved to be the preferred option. As of 2014, the used in Test match cricket in England has a recommended retail price of 100 pounds sterling. In test match cricket this ball is used for a minimum of 80 overs, in professional one day cricket, at least two new balls are used for each match.
There are three main manufacturers of ball used in international matches, Dukes and SG. The manufacturer of the red used for Tests varies depending on location, India uses SG, England and the West Indies use Dukes
Brett Lee is a former Australian international cricketer and film actor. He is a former Channel Nine Commentator, during his international career, Lee was recognised as one of fastest bowler in the world of cricket along with Shoaib Akhtar. He is known for his consistency of pace, going over 150 kilometres per hour throughout his career. His quickest delivery was 161.3 km/h in a test match against the West Indies in 2002, after that the world record for the fastest delivery ever is held by Shoaib Akhtar at 161.4 km/h. Lees quickest delivery in ODIs is 161.1 km/h playing against New Zealand in 2005 and he is widely regarded as one of the best pace bowlers ever to have played the sport. Lee was known for reaching a hundred miles an hour many times throughout his cricketing career, in each of his first two years, he averaged less than 20 with the ball, but since has mostly achieved figures in the early 30s. He was known as a fielder and useful lower-order batsman. Lee finished his Test with 310 wickets, and his One Day International career with 380 wickets, Lee featured in the Australian teams that won the 2003 and 2007 World Cups.
He announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on 12 July 2012. In January 2015, Lee announced his retirement from all forms of the game, Lee was known for his pace and regularly clocked 90 mph and above. He ranks only behind Pakistani bowler Shoaib Akhtar as the fastest bowler in cricket during most of the 2000s. The strain of bowling at 150 km/h caused a string of stress fractures and recurring injuries and forced him to alter his strategy. Rather than relying on pace alone, he uses an array of deliveries aimed at wearing down the batsman. His fastest ball was clocked at 161.1 km/h against New Zealand in 2005, in a match against West Indies in 2000/01 he bowled a delivery which was clocked at 161.8 km/h, but it was not an official match and therefore not recognised by the ICC. Captain Ricky Ponting defended Lee saying that it was not intentional and his slower balls has dramatic falls of pace with varying length, often from a cutter grip, where it can go as slow as 100 km/h, but it hovers on average around the 115–130 km/h range.
He is known to celebrate many bowled wickets with a chainsaw celebration, Lee was a competent lower-order batsman. Together with Mike Hussey, he has held the record for highest 7th wicket partnership for Australia in ODIs since 2005–06 with 123. During the 2005 Ashes series, Lee had numerous defiant innings, including a stand of 43 not out in the Second Test at Edgbaston, Australias highest individual score in that innings
Nathan Wade Bracken is a former Australian cricketer. A tall left-arm fast-medium bowler, Bracken is capable of swinging the ball both ways and he has represented Australia in all forms of the game. Bracken represented New South Wales in Australian domestic cricket, Eastern Suburbs in Sydney Grade Cricket, on 28 January 2011 he announced his retirement from the game due to a chronic knee injury. On 9 February 2012 it was reported that he sued Cricket Australia over the latters alleged incompetency in managing his knee injury, nathan Bracken was born in Penrith, New South Wales to parents Gordon and Robin. He spent his living in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, attending Faulconbridge Primary. He currently resides on the Central Coast of New South Wales and is married to Haley Bracken with whom he has 2 children named Chase and he is studying for an undergraduate degree in communications. Bracken contested the Australian House of Representatives seat of Dobell as an independent against sitting member Craig Thomson at the 2013 federal election and received an 8.2 percent primary vote.
After a stint at the Australian Cricket Academy in 1997, Bracken made his first-class debut for New South Wales against Queensland on 27 October 1998 at Manuka Oval, New South Wales were beaten by an innings and Bracken finished with figures of 0/86 off 41 overs. He played 5 more first-class matches in the 1998–99 season and finished with 11 wickets at a average of 30.36. The 1999–00 season saw Bracken only play one match, however the 2000–01 season was one of success for Bracken. He finished the season as New South Wales second leading wicket-taker behind Stuart MacGill with 29 wickets at 23.72, after recovering from a shoulder injury he sustained on the 2001 Ashes tour, Bracken played 8 matches for New South Wales in the 2001–02 season. He had a season once again, claiming 24 wickets at 31.79. 2002–03 was a season that saw Bracken struggle as he only took 16 wickets in 6 matches at a rather expensive 36.62, 2003–04 saw Bracken make his Test debut and as a result, he appeared less frequently for New South Wales.
Despite this, he performed well in the 4 matches he participated in. Following this season, Bracken was signed by Gloucestershire to play in the English first-class competition as a replacement for Mike Smith. Bracken only played 2 matches for the club, however he was quite successful, 2004–05 was Brackens best season for New South Wales to date. He played in all 11 matches and took 43 wickets at an average of 18.79, the figures were Brackens best ever at the time, and are amongst the most impressive figures seen in Australian domestic cricket history. He played a part in New South Wales thrilling 1 wicket win in the final against Queensland
Finch is a top order batsman, and occasional left arm orthodox spinner. Finch currently holds the record for the highest innings in a Twenty20 International match,156 and he scored his maiden first-class double century on 29 October 2015 while batting for Cricket Australia XI against New Zealanders in a tour match. Finch used to play at Colac West Cricket Club as a junior where he was a keeper for his side. A right-handed batsman, he played in the 2006 Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka, Finch got his opportunity in the State side in the 2009/10 season. He hit his maiden first class century against Tasmania at the MCG and he combined with 3rd wicket partner David Hussey for a contribution of 212. He was eventually out caught behind for 102, Aaron Finch made a promising start to the 2010 Airtel Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa, for Victorian Bushrangers. On 7 October 2012, while filling in as captain, Finch struck a record 154 runs at the Gabba against an unthreatening Queensland bowling attack and this is the highest score for a Victorian in domestic one day cricket.
Aaron Finch played for the Melbourne Renegades in the inaugural Big Bash League season in 2011, in 2012, he became the captain of the Melbourne Renegades, and was the Big Bash League player of the year. On 11 February 2014, Yorkshire County Cricket Club announced the signing of Finch, in July 2014, he played for the MCC side in the Bicentenary Celebration match at Lords. Finch top scored with 181 not out, as the MCC XI won the match by 7 wickets and his hard hitting made Australian selectors to give Finch his first international appearance in T20 International against England on 12 January 2011. After two years, Finch made his first ODI appearance on 11 January 2013 against Sri Lanka, finchs innings included 14 sixes and 11 fours. The previous record was 123 runs, scored by Brendon McCullum of New Zealand, Finch received Man of the Match award in a Twenty 20 game against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 14 January 2011. Finch was selected as part of Australias 2015 Cricket World Cup squad, eventually, he was reinstated for the last two matches of Australias campaign.
On 31 August 2016, Finch scored the joint fastest half century by an Australian in ODIs and he achieved this feat against Sri Lanka in Dambulla by reaching to 50 run mark in 18 balls and equaled Simon ODonnells 26 year old feat. Before the second ODI, of that series Wade was ruled out of due to back injury. Aaron Finch was the second fastest to score 1000 runs in T20I history in 29 innings just behind Virat Kohli and was the fastest Australian to achieve this feat, Finch was first drafted into the Rajasthan Royals squad in 2010. He was picked up by the Delhi Daredevils IPL franchise in the 2011 IPL Player Auction for US$300,000 and he continued with them for two seasons and was picked up by Pune Warriors India in 2013. He had two half centuries and a Player of the Match award to his name in the 2013 Indian Premier League, on 12 February 2014 he was bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL Player Auction for 640,000 USD