Swashbuckling Australia opener Aaron Finch has become the second batsmen after Irish William Porterfield to register ten centuries in the ODI, without playing a single Test.
Notably, Finch scored back to back hundreds in the Gillette ODI Series against England. Finch notched up 107 in the first match in Melbourne, and then followed it up with a brilliant knock of 106 at the Gabba in Brisbane.
Finch notches up his 10th hundred in 87 matches, while Porterfield achieved this feat in 11 matches in a game against UAE.
Australian middle-order once again failed to capitalise on a great start, as they registered 270 at the end of their quota of 50 overs in the second game of the Gillette ODI Series. All-rounder Mitchell Marsh (36) and Alex Carey’s (27) scoring at the end help Australia cross the 250-run mark.
The ton also saw Finch draw level with Matthew Hayden, as the fifth-greatest century-maker in Australian ODI history. Remarkably, the Victorian has done it in only 87 matches while Hayden’s ten hundred came across 160 matches.
Finch is the second most consistent Australian batsman after Warner to register a hundred.
Brisbane’s innings was Finch’s fifth century against England in just his 18th innings. No player has ever hit more three-figure scores against England in one-dayers, with Ricky Ponting (five in 38 innings) and Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene (five in 43 innings) the only players with as many.
Australia will now look restrict the visitor’s England and level the series with three matches still to play.
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