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Chance Australian captain proves the perfect fit

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Aaron Finch can appear almost the antithesis of the stereotypical Australian captain. With an understated demeanour, he is not a cricketer the crowd’s eyes are naturally drawn to. He emphatically does not fit English fans’ wish for a caricature of an Australian villain.

Yet if Finch might just be the most unobtrusive Australian captain this century, in many respects he lives up to Australian stereotypes. Greg Shipperd, Finch’s long-time coach at Victoria, describes him as ‘‘a real social person’’: euphemism for a player renowned for enjoying a few schooners – and sometimes even a few cigarettes – after play. ‘‘He’s a great guy to go out with. He’s an entertainer with his stories.’’

Aaron Finch.Credit:AP

Finch’s elevation to captain of Australia’s one-day international team last November, just before he turned 32, owed much to simple expediency. After the suspensions of Steve Smith and David Warner, Test skipper Tim Paine had not proved worthy of his place in the one-day team. And with uncertainty over the make-up of the middle order, and the fast bowlers being rotated, Australia had to find a leader from among their top order. So they turned to Finch.

Yet, a few months ago, Finch feared for his place in........

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