Finch set at Sur­rey

Sunday Herald Sun - - CRICKET - BEN HORNE

SUR­REY has re-signed Aaron Finch on a two-year Twenty20 con­tract.

The big-hit­ting Vic­to­rian, who has played for Sur­rey the past two years, will re­turn to The Oval for the next two T20 Blasts.

Finch has formed one of the most ex­plo­sive open­ing part­ner­ships in T20 cricket with Eng­land in­ter­na­tional Ja­son Roy dur­ing his time at the club.

“I’m ab­so­lutely thrilled to be back at Sur­rey,” Finch told the club’s web­site. “I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to re­unit­ing with the lads and look­ing for­ward to a suc­cess­ful sum­mer.”

Sur­rey cricket di­rec­tor and for­mer Eng­land cap­tain Alec Stewart said: “Aaron Finch is one of the lead­ing T20 bats­men in the game and to have se­cured his ser­vices for a fur­ther two sea­sons is great news.” Ki­ran Baluch (Pak­istan) 2004 Mithali Raj (In­dia) 2002 * *Karen Rolton (Aust) 2001 Kirsty Flavell (NZ) 1996 Michelle Goszko (Aust) 2001 Joanne Broad­bent (Aust) 1998 ELLY th his­tor lift p Per fi in­tern sur­gin turnin s w prema mid-w Sh bat­tin fr “Th emba Tes t w wh

RYAN Har­ris says Eng­land is there for the tak­ing as “rusty” opener Alas­tair Cook and a soft bat­ting un­der­belly arms Aus­tralian coach Darren Lehmann with am­mu­ni­tion for Ashes ret­ri­bu­tion.

Asked if Eng­land was vul­ner­a­ble, Cricket Aus­tralia XI coach Har­ris said: “I think it is, es­pe­cially if Ben Stokes isn’t at No.6 or No.7, but it de­pends on how the boys bowl to them.”

For­mer Ashes team­mates Chris Rogers, Har­ris, head coach Lehmann and for­mer Eng­land bowl­ing coach David Saker all con­trib­uted to a dossier on the tourists’ weak links af­ter watch­ing the tour match that ended at Ade­laide Oval yes­ter­day.

“I note down ev­ery game I play,” 27-Test for­mer pace bowler Har­ris said. “If our bowlers ask me, I have some ammo for them. We got some good in­tel and knowl­edge on what we want to do.

“Chris Rogers played a lot of cricket with and against Eng­land’s play­ers and will take some good stuff back. The coach was here, so he saw a bit as well.”

Cook has made 0, 15 and 32 on tour and the 147-Test star has only a four-day game in Townsville to find form.

“How can I be nice? I thought he looked rusty, to be hon­est,” Har­ris said.

“He is pretty good in these con­di­tions and knows what he has to do. I’m sure he will look for­ward to an­other hit next week. He looked a lit­tle rusty but we know what he can do. He is world class. We will see what hap­pens when he comes up to Bris­bane.”

Ques­tions re­main about how new bats­men Dawid Malan and James Vince will fare in Aus­tralian con­di­tions.

Opener Mark Stone­man is the only Eng­land bats­men in solid touch, with three half­cen­turies on tour. Ell­yse Perry can’t hide her de­light af­ter scor­ing her cen­tury. Pic­ture: PHIL HILLYARD Ell­yse Perry (Aust) 2017 * not out

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