Finch keen to spread wings at MCG
Australia batsman Aaron Finch hopes forecast showers will not rain on his parade as he prepares to savour a first hometown international experience at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Life certainly cannot get much better for the 24-year-old Victorian, who will enjoy a career highlight when he plays his second Twenty20 international against England tomorrow.
"Obviously I'm very excited at the prospect," Finch said. "Hopefully the weather stays away and we can get a game in. With 50 or 60,000 people there it would be a fantastic experience to play in front of that many people on my home ground."
Finch marked his debut yesterday with a composed 15 not out off 14 deliveries in Australia’s one-wicket loss in Adelaide.
He believes the lessons learned from the narrow defeat will spur them to greater heights in Melbourne.
"I don't think we played all that well during the whole game. To come up that close was promising - a lot can be taken out of that," Finch said.
"Last night was a real buzz - something I've always been looking forward to. Unfortunately we couldn't come away with the points, but hopefully on Friday night we can."
While he is a newcomer to the Australia team, Finch was quizzed on whether he thought England's dominance throughout the winter had started to affect the home side's approach.
"With some new players coming into the team for the shorter format of the game, I don't think there's too much baggage there," Finch said.
"You just try to win every game regardless of what format, or who it is against. It's another opportunity to win a cricket game.
"At the end of the day that's what everyone is here to do and that's what the public want to see from Australia."
Making Finch’s transition from domestic to international level easier has been the presence of his Victoria colleagues Cameron White, David Hussey and James Pattinson.
"It does definitely help having guys like Whitey, Huss and James Pattinson - guys I’ve played with for a number of years now," Finch said.
Rising star Pattinson is tipped to be handed an international debut on his home ground at the expense of Shaun Tait or Brett Lee, both of whom proved expensive yesterday.
Wicketkeeper Tim Paine is likely to be given the chance at number three, resulting in a slight reshuffle to a batting line-up which gleaned 157 for four in the City of Churches.