The Warner lyric and a shot that may have just sparked a Finch revival

Aaron Finch was back in the running on Wednesday morning (AEST) to ease some of the pressure around his place as Australia’s white ball opener and captain.

The righthander scored an unbeaten 61 from 40 balls in a 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka in what will be a timely confidence boost given his recent struggles.

Fittingly, David Warner was the first to congratulate Finch on reaching the milestone as the pair chased Sri Lanka’s paltry tally of 128.

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Warner has ridden many highs and lows with Finch during his international career which had stalled in recent months with another T20 World Cup looming.

Prior to the first T20, Finch averaged 19.90 and batted at 107.17 in international cricket in the last 12 months, while this year he scored just 86 runs at 17.20 in the Indian Premier League.

Warner knows a thing or two about scoring well in the IPL and was on hand to give Finch honest advice on where he went wrong and what he could do to fix it.

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After the first T20, Warner revealed that he texted Finch during the IPL about the technical flaws he saw cropping up in his opening partner’s play.

“I just told him not to walk into the ball,” Warner told reporters. “Let the ball really do its job in the air if they want to bowl full.

“If you stand still and hold that leg stump line, you get full contact with the ball and if it swings late, it goes down (blunt).

“He probably moved a little too much. He walked right into the line of the ball and was still moving at the time of delivery. When you’re a batter, you don’t really want to do that unless you’re physically charging.

He added: “I kept in touch with him. We always do. We always support each other as much as we can. When we see small things, we always try to help each other by sending a message.”

Finch drove a few more nervous moments and looked scratchy early in his innings when he was ejected on the third ball.

After playing around a Maneesh Theekshana delivery, the referee’s finger went up – and that sinking feeling returned.

Finch was confident in reconsidering the decision, and reps supported him by showing a thin edge.

David Warner and Aaron Finch always take care of each other.Source: Getty Images

As the innings went on, Finch looked back at something at his best. He smoked eight limits on the night – four of them six – with his slog sweeps against the spinners a highlight.

However, the only shot that indicated a revival for Finch came in the fourth of the evening against fast right-armer Dushmantha Chameera.

Chameera bowled full and on an off-stump line for Finch, while staying firmly on the leg stump as Warner had instructed, effortlessly swung through the ball and hoisted it over the long mid-off line for six. The footwork wasn’t perfect, but it showed the importance of keeping quiet at the time of delivery for Finch, who thrives on a stand-and-deliver approach.

Not only does one score end a batter’s troubles, but Finch now has consecutive half-centuries in T20 internationals, while the short break before game two on Wednesday night (11:30 AM) will allow him some momentum in his next innings to bring.

Warner said that as long as Finch “keeps it simple” and stops moving by the fold, he will continue to perform.

“I think we saw that tonight,” he said. “He played some nice shots, he timed the ball well, and then he’s at his best when he’s nice and quiet.

“All in all it was great to see him there today. You could tell the energy was very different as he ran between the wickets, he was up and down and it was great to watch. †

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