There’s never a good time to encroach on some-one’s privacy and check out a person’s old school grades. But Saturday would have been a good time to check how Australian skipper Aaron Finch fared in history.
Judging by the events that unfolded in the first Super 12 contest against South Africa in Abu Dhabi, one can guess that Finch didn’t care much about history.
He chose to field on a tricky wicket despite the Australians having won only five out of their previous 14 matches when they chose to field first since 2019. He didn’t pay attention to the stat that six of the 10 games at the venue were won by teams that had batted first. He also ignored the fact that left-arm spinner Ashton Agar had taken a hat-trick against South Africa the last time the two sides played and went for all out pace and placed his trust in the vastly improved offspin of Glenn Maxwell and the leg-spin of Adam Zampa, Australia’s leading wicket-taker in T20Is.
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