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Finch backs ‘tinkering’ to help find his best


Before flying out to Pakistan for three ODIs and a lone T20, all games on the road to defending the T20 World Cup crown at home in October, Finch revealed he didn’t even ask his wife before agreeing to New Zealand great Brendon McCullum’s plea to join the Kolkata Knight Riders.Fast bowler Kane Richardson was ruled out of the tour on Tuesday after suffering a hamstring injury at training, with NSW seamer Ben Dwarshuis called up as a replacement. Finch, who wasn;t taken in the auction and instead signed as a replacement player for Alex Hales, battled in the most recent T20 series for Australia with three single-figure returns in the five-match series. The 35-year-old’s last T20 50 came in July 2021, and he hasn’t played an ODI since December 2020, but hoped “technical tinkers” would pay off in Pakistan and beyond.“I fee really good. I feel as though I am batting quite well. Just a couple of slight technical tinkers I have been working on since the Big Bash, they feel like they are starting to bed down nicely,” he said. “The ability to play and train over there (in the IPL) will be really important. I didn’t even flag it with (his wife) before responding to Brendon McCullum.“The best players in the world play in every team, the competition is tough, so guys continuing to test themselves against the best is really important.”Finch said the knee issue which also hampered his summer efforts felt “100 per cent” ahead of a lot of cricket over the next 18 months. Covid protocols for the Pakistan tour prevent Finch from attending the wedding of teammate and former housemate Glenn Maxwell, who opted out of the tour, last weekend as well as a private funeral for Shane Warne this week. “He’ll be sorely missed. He was just a great person,” Finch said of Warne. Another Kiwi great, spinner Daniel Vettori, has joined the Australian coaching staff for the tour and Finch said he had met with the recruiting company searching for a full-time replacement for Justin Langer. “That was more to get my thoughts on where the team is at the moment and where we see it going in the future, particularly over the next 18 months to the next ODI World Cup” he said. “No doubt over the next couple of years there will be quite a bit to turnover so having someone who can manage that transition will be really important.” All three ODIs and the T20 will be played in Lahore, with the first match on March 29.

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