Aussie pair look to boost Surrey to Blast title

Australia internationals Aaron Finch and Nic Maddinson want to help lift Surrey to the Blast title in 2018.

Finch returns to the Oval for his third spell with Surrey while Maddinson is making his maiden appearance in the English domestic game.

Speaking ahead of his first match in this stint for Surrey Finch said: “It’s a great place to play. I’ve loved my last couple of years here and I’m very excited for the next couple.

“Hopefully over the next couple of years we can go a bit better than last year’s quarter-final. We want to go a couple of steps further this year and win it.

“Nic can expect some great banter from the OCS Stand and the great support they give the boys here. Everyone knows what a fantastic club this is and the history involved here.”

Finch broke his own T20I world record with 172 off just 76 balls in Australia’s clash with Zimbabwe earlier this month and is proud of his recent form.

“I’ve done a reasonable job here in T20s in the last couple of years but hopefully I can continue in the form I’ve been in during the last eight weeks. It’s been nice to get a few big scores and I can’t wait to get stuck in again.”

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26-year-old left hander Maddinson is set for his first spell in county cricket and is already enjoying the warm welcome he’s received from those within the club.

He said: “It was a great atmosphere as soon I arrived here yesterday. I’ve been here to watch before but this is my first chance to play here and I’m really excited about that and grateful for the opportunity.”

He’s clearly focused on his job while in London however.

“Hopefully from our point of view we’ll put on plenty of runs and help Surrey win matches. That’s what our job is as overseas,” said Maddinson.