Finch’s against Left hand Spin & Wade’s Top Order transformation


As the Australians battle with the Windies over a five game in 20 I international series, one of the key highlights is the thin batting order due to the absence of big names opting out of this tour. David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, and Marcus Stoinis can walk into a lot of T20 playing elevens around the world on any given day. However, this can be seen as an opportunity for the younger or lesser experienced guys to step up and cement their place for the big mega event appearing in the calendar few months later.

Aaron Finch & Left Arm Spin

Aaron Finch is the white ball captain who has been a regular feature in T20 international cricket. He is a giant in this format. He has tremendous experience of playing various T20 leagues over the course of the last decade.

Finch Career SR 152
Finch Career T20 SR 152

He has shown some swift tactical capabilities as captain in the very brief period which he is overseeing the Australian white ball set up.

Since spin may be a very common theme which may dominate on how the tactical decisions are taken in the upcoming series, let us look at Aaron Finch over the last decades performances coma by breaking them down against the type of bowlers which he has faced around the world at the international stage.

Finch SR much Slower against Left Arm Spinners & Brutal against Off Spinners
Finch SR much Slower against Left Arm Spinners & Brutal against Off Spinners

The above visual gives you a detailed overview of 3 aspects by type of bowler that he has faced in is career so far:

  • Batting Strike Rate
  • No. of Dismissals
  • Balls per Boundary (frequency of Boundaries)

There are 3 specific callouts from the above visual listed below:

  • He is extremely aggressive against off spinners, which is very natural and expected as the ball turns back into his hitting a towards the Leg-side.
  • Left arm orthodox spinners or left arm spinners tends to keep him relatively quieter. if you compare against the rest of the bowling variety that he has faced across his career. In addition to this he has been dismissed seven times throughout his career against this style of bowling.
  • Finally, left arm Chinaman or left arm wrist spinners, have not faced as many deliveries as the other variety of bowling, over his career. But have had the maximum impact when it comes to stopping him scoring a boundary & keep his scoring rate in check.

Hence the left arm slow bowling style, (both wrist spinners as well as orthodox), may be the way to go to keep Aaron Finch within control for the opposition. The likes of Fabian Allen and Akeal Hussain, can look forward to this contest coming up. Conversely Finch may be able to completely revamp this statistic by dominating this style of bowling in the upcoming few games and proving his dominance but all different styles of bowling which he has proven during his career so far.

Mathew Wade Top Order Transformation

Due to extremely high competition for the wicketkeeper slot in Australian cricket over the past decade, Matthew wade never really got his opportunity to establish himself in any format before 2020. The point where he made a comeback into the White ball setup has been mainly on a role of a “Pure Batsmen”, rather than a “Wicket Keeping Batsman”. He has years of solid performances in first class cricket. They have forced his way in the national side.

Wade's journey from No.7 to Top order.
Wade’s return in 2020 at top order batsmen

Particularly in the T20 format, he had been promoted to the top order/Opening slot since early 2020. Based on the below visual this has really borne great fruit in his performances.

Wade as Top order Strikes as 145 with only facing 4 balls extra on an avg.
Wade as Top order Strikes as 145 with only facing 4 balls extra on an avg.

This Signifies that despite the average balls faced per innings has not really gone up disproportionately compared to the pre-2020 times, his scoring rate has dramatically gone up. Pre 2020 he used bat No.7 & his Strike rate despite Facing 12 balls was more a “strike rotation” agenda. While now at the top of the order he is forcing the issue & getting the momentum going in the batting powerplay.

In a star-Studded batting order, the upcoming games would completely solidify his claim for the Trip to UAE in October. This is considering if there were any lingering doubts on the same.