New aussie hero

Australian cricket has a new hero, and it’s a 24-year-old Colac batsman.
Aaron Finch captured the imagination of a nation when he led Australia to victory against England – something which has been a rarity this summer – in the second Twenty20 international on Friday.
It was a far cry from his more humble junior days, when Finch, the son of Gary and Sue Finch, used to practice for hours on end at his family’s Irrewarra home.
“He used to drive the neighbours mad when he was six or seven,” Gary Finch said.
“He had the ball on a string tied on a basketball ring. He was out playing before school, after school,” he said.
“He had witches hats in the front yard, he’d throw balls around trying to hit them.”
Such is the nature of modern-day cricket, fans won’t see Finch wear Australian colours again this summer, with selectors overlooking him for Australia’s one-day series against England.
But at the MCG on Friday night, he provided the nation with one of the lingering cricket highlights of the summer.
In front of 58,837 fans at the MCG, the new home-town hero plundered a match-winning 53 not out off 33 balls as Australia won by four runs, 7-147 to 6-143, to level the series one-all.
The knock – which included two sixes and four fours – launched him into the hearts and minds of suffering cricket fans, who later watched him take a catch to dismiss the dangerous Eoin Morgan.
In the space of 10 overs, Finch had transformed from a middle-order talent finding his feet in the Australian team to match-winning power hitter.
And in lounge rooms and pubs across the country certainly in Colac-the name “Finch” was on every cricket fan’s lips.
Mr Finch said he had a fleeting chat with Finch on Friday night as autograph-hunting children and reporters swamped his son.
“We spoke to him for about 30 seconds after the game, we had to catch a train back with the gang,” he said.
“He was too busy signing autographs.”
Mr Finch described his son’s performance on Friday as “unbelievable” after a promising 15 not out off 14 balls in the first Twenty20 match in Adelaide on Wednesday.
“You don’t even think of it really, that one day he’s going to play for Australia in that format of the game,” he said.
Despite Finch having an ambition to one day don the baggy green for a Test match, Mr Finch said his son was happy to let his cricket do the talking.
“I don’t think he looks that far down the track, he takes it as it comes. He was surprised to get a call-up for this,” he said.

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