Yorkshire's Aussie ace Aaron Finch making his mark in four-day game
Updated 12:12pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014 in Sport
Aaron Finch believes his spell with Yorkshire has finally helped him come to terms with batting in first-class cricket.
The Australian arrived at Headingley with a fearsome reputation in limited overs cricket, but he had struggled to impose himself against the red ball for Victoria and the Australian A side.
His move to Yorkshire was encouraged by Aussie national coach Darren Lehmann in a bid to help Finch make a late bid for an Ashes call-up next summer.
And things have gone swimmingly for the 27-year-old in four LV= County Championship appearances so far.
The right-hander has scored 255 runs from five innings, including one fifty and one hundred.
He still has a lot of work to do, but at least things are heading in the right direction having boosted his average up beyond 29 from 43 first-class appearances.
“Working with the coaches here, I think my technique’s changed slightly,” revealed Yorkshire’s current number six. “That’s been for the better so far.
“There’s a couple of things I’ve tightened up. They have only been minor changes, but they seem to have made a big difference.
“Over the last 12 months I’ve played a lot of one-day and Twenty20 cricket. Your technique can fall into some movement habits because the ball doesn’t move off the seam as significantly.
“You tend to fall into some poor patterns of moving across your crease to score on both sides of the wicket.
“During the last few weeks, I’ve probably just got back to the basics of looking down the ground a bit more often. It seems to be working, and I don’t seem to be falling over. I’m playing straight. I know that if I’m doing that, I’m in a good place.”
Finch has one more scheduled Championship appearance for Yorkshire before the return of New Zealander Kane Williamson from international duty - against Durham at Headingley, starting next Monday.
He is then due to head back to Australia at the end of July for a national training camp ahead of a big Sheffield Shield campaign with Victoria this winter.
If he is to break into the Australian Test team ahead of next summer, he cannot afford to let his encouraging form for the White Rose go to waste.