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Finch's form an issue as World Cup nears

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It wasn’t meant to be like this. When Cricket Australia announced in late October that Aaron Finch would captain the country’s one-day international team, they did so in the hope that Finch, an experienced domestic captain who was already national Twenty20 skipper, would be a steady hand they wouldn’t have to worry about ahead of 2019’s World Cup defence in England.

Australia had an abundance of ODI problems heading into the summer, but Finch, seemingly, wasn’t one of them.

Long walk: Aaron Finch heads back to the dressing room after his dismissal by India's Jasprit Bumrah during the first one-day international in Hyberabad on Saturday.Credit:AP

After all, he’d been freshly minted as Test opener, performing solidly in the United Arab Emirates in a two-Test series against Pakistan. Moreover, he’d made four centuries at an average of more than 62 in his last 11 ODIs dating back just over 13 months. He looked like a player Australia could rely on.

Notwithstanding the fact that he led the Melbourne Renegades to a thrilling Big Bash League final win against the Melbourne Stars a fortnight ago, very little has gone right for Finch - at least with the bat - since he was unveiled as ODI skipper.

On the back of a jumbled preparation in which he was regularly switching formats and time zones, Finch couldn’t see out the home series against India, let alone the entire home summer, in........

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