Aaron Finch bats for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania at the MCG.
Aaron Finch bats for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania at the MCG. Scott Barbour

Finch hoping to carry Shield form to ODIs

CRICKET: Aaron Finch says runs in any form of the game are a real confidence boost, ahead of Sunday's first one-day international against New Zealand in Sydney.

Finch smashed his first Sheffield Shield century for Victoria in six years in the win over South Australia earlier this week.

The right-handed opener has struggled with the red ball but has eight tons for Australia in one-dayers and T20s in that same period.

He said it was the perfect time to get into some form prior to the three-game Chappell-Hadlee series.

"Any time you get runs in any format, it's nice,” he told SEN Radio.

"I probably haven't scored as many as I would have liked over the last two tours for Australia.

"There have been some cameos there, some fifties off a few, but nothing really significant to win a game.

"It was nice to get runs in a tough situation when the team needed it.

"I haven't played a lot of four-day cricket in a row ... you're in for one game then go away for a one-day or T20 tour then you're back, so it's hard to get a flow.”

Meanwhile, former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie says Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood will, down the line, become the most successful quick-bowling partnership in Australian cricket history.

Hazlewood took 17 wickets at an average of 22 in the Test series defeat by South Africa, while Starc chipped in with 14 at 30.

Both have also been standout performers in the Test arena, picking up 161 wickets between them in 17 Tests together since Hazlewood made his debut two years ago.

"Starc and Hazlewood, without doubt, will be the best fast-bowling combination Australia has ever produced,” Gillespie told cricket.com.au.

"I've got no doubt about that.

"They'll stay fit, they'll stay healthy, they're learning their trade all the time, they complement each other very well.

"Starc (is a) really fast, aggressive, nose-and-toes attacking option who can swing the ball late at pace.

"And then you've got Hazlewood who is an aggressive bowler but in a different way. He's aggressive with his relentless line and length, he's very disciplined.”

Gillespie said Hazlewood had all the attributes to be one of Australia's top bowlers over the next few years and said his accuracy was one of his key attributes, just like his former teammate Glenn McGrath.

"It's like he hits a shoebox; just puts it on a length and he's just relentless with that,” Strikers coach Gillespie said.

"He gets the batsman a bit unsure about whether to go forward or go back.

"They fend at the ball and if you can get a little bit of movement in the air or off the pitch, he brings his wicketkeeper and slips into play.

"I think they're both fine bowlers.

"In many years' time when we're reflecting on great Australian cricketers, those two will be right up there.”

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