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‘I had an absolute shocker’: Finch says he needs a break after BBL slump

Aaron Finch is dismissed cheaply again against the Hurricanes.

Aaron Finch is dismissed cheaply again against the Hurricanes.Credit:Getty Images

“Myself, I had an absolute shocker with the bat. The harder I trained, the worse I got, which is the opposite of what everyone tells you to do. It was just one of those seasons,” Finch said.

Finch is set to lead Australia on a Twenty20 tour of New Zealand, with the side leaving on February 7. Australia will have two weeks in quarantine while still allowed to train before the series-opener in Christchurch on February 22. Australia have T20 World Cups coming up later this year and next year.

The skipper agreed he needed a brief escape from the game after months in biosecure bubbles playing with the national team, in the Indian Premier League, and the BBL.

“My wife worked it out the other day, it was something like 20 days or 21 days since April that I haven’t been in lockdown or in a bubble. It’s not a huge amount,” Finch said.

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“I’m going down to the beach for a few days, relax. My kit bag won’t be coming out of my car, I can tell ya.”

Finch, 34, has barely been available for Sheffield Shield cricket for Victoria since being dropped from the Test team two summers ago. He said he didn’t want to stand in the way of a youngster playing for the Vics.

“I wouldn’t say there’s no more red-ball cricket [for me]. But like I said before, the young Victorian kids that are coming through, I don’t want to be standing in their way taking a spot to be honest. We’ve got some great young batters. I don’t want to be standing in the way of these young players playing a game when I’m not playing Test cricket again.”

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