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Finch set at Surrey
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.
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