Finch: Victory a 'huge boost' for Aussies

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Australia opener Aaron Finch, who recorded the new record T20 international score on Thursday, said the 39-run win over England was a huge boost to the visitors and they were keen to keep the form going in Durham.

Australia opener Aaron Finch, who recorded the new record T20 international score on Thursday, said the 39-run win over England was a huge boost to the visitors and they were keen to keep the form going in Durham.

The Aussies won the first T20 in Southampton in thrilling fashion, as Finch's 156 off 63 balls, including a record 14 sixes, guided them to 248 for six in 20 overs. England's Joe Root made 90 not out off 49 balls, but England could only reach 209 for six.

Finch said afterwards that the win was a morale booster for the side as a whole, having lost the Ashes three-nil, but said that the T20 side was so different from the Test side that there wasn't much 'baggage'.

The opener said of the win's impact: "It's a huge boost. There have been a lot of new players come in so there is a lot guys ready to go so there hasn't been a lot of baggage carried over from the Ashes."

Of his own future, Finch said he hoped his famous knock would allow him to stay in the side, and also play in the ODI series. He only has an average of 15 in the seven one-dayers he's played, but feels his ton will count in his favour.

He said: "I suppose being in and out of the side is never ideal. I felt like, last year, I let a couple of chances slip and it's always good to score runs and contribute to a win, especially in the first game of a new series.

"For my own confidence, and probably for the selectors' confidence in me, it's nice to get a good score and repay some of that faith. Hopefully I've staked a pretty good claim for the rest of the series and hopefully I can stay on."

The Pune Warriors batsman missed the record for the fastest T20 century by just two balls, using 47 while Richard Levi had used 45 in his knock for South Africa. Finch said he wasn't even aware of the record and go nervous when nearing his ton.

Finch added: "You could probably tell I started blocking the hell out of it around a hundred. I did get a little bit nervous but had no idea what the record was."

As for the opposition, England skipper Stuart Broad, who went for 47 runs in his four overs, was oddly upbeat after the loss, saying he and his fellow bowlers couldn't do anything to stop Finch, and they were disappointed but not down-hearted.

Broad said: "It was special striking from Finch, to hit 14 sixes in an innings. I think we can say we tried everything at him as well he just played everything fantastically well. In Twenty20 cricket that can happen.

"He made it his day in quite spectacular fashion, but I'm very proud of the guys who showed up in our side and fell just short of our highest international score. It would have been very easy to be 100 all out there and fallen down. The crowd would have gone unhappy.

"There're certainly 11 disappointed English guys but the crowd have had a fantastic day with 460-off runs. We're disappointed we haven't won, but it was a cracking game of Twenty20 cricket."

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