McCullum: Finch suits the middle order


Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum feels that Aaron Finch's injury during the IPL was a blessing in disguise, as he was forced to bat in the middle order for the Gujarat Lions.

Australia opener Finch could not slot back in at the top after his injury break as Dwayne Smith was doing too well, so he offered to play lower down and did very well, according to McCullum.

McCullum told of Finch, who scored two half tons in the middle order: "He was outstanding for us. He played in some different roles for us.

"He started off at the top of the order and performed brilliantly, (then) got injured, Dwayne Smith came in and he played really well.

"So Finchy put his hand up for us and said 'I'll bat in the middle for us then'. And he did it, and played brilliantly again.

"He probably learnt a lot from playing a different role. Because he’s still young in the game, he'll benefit hugely from that.

"His ability to come in and straight away attack the spinners. Not just being able to being manipulate them in the field but actually being able to clear the ropes against them and create a strike-rate from ball one.

"I think when he goes back to the top of the order and gets away to a good start, when the spinners come on, he’s going to be able to continue to accelerate throughout the innings.

"I think there were some really good learnings for him (from the IPL), he performed brilliantly and I really enjoyed spending time with him both on and off the field."