Finch takes ownership for not breaking into Test arena

Aaron Finch

Aaron Finch smashed 172 off only 76 balls and broke his own world record of highest individual score in a T20 global as Australia crushed Zimbabwe by 100 runs in Zim-Pak-Aus tri-series on Tuesday.

1 - Finch might be dismissed in the last over via hit-wicket falling short of the all-time T20 record score but became the first Australian to be dismissed via hit-wicket in the T20I cricket.

His innings at Harare Sports Club came from only 76 balls and included 10 sixes and 16 fours.

Australia captain Aaron Finch revelled in his record-breaking innings against Zimbabwe, saying it was "up there" as one of the best innings he has ever played. Shane Watson was the first when he scored fifties in three consecutive T20I innings in 2011-2012. Blessing Muazabani managed to get the wickets of Aaron Finch (172) and D'Arcy Short (46).

172 - Finch's 172-run knock is the 2nd highest individual innings in all Twenty20 cricket behind Chris Gayle's unbeaten 175 against Pune Warriors in the 2013 IPL game in Bangalore.

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The Australian captain broke his own record to score 173 in Harare.

Finch, meanwhile, brought up his second T20I hundred at the end of the 14th over, taking just 50 deliveries.

He and opening partner D'Arcy Short's stand of 223 was the highest-ever global T20 partnership, with Short very much the silent partner with a 42-ball 46. It's coming on the bat quite nicely. "The wicket's very good as we know the ball travels here", he said following the knock.

Four overs later, his 15th four took Australia's score to 200, and Finch then moved beyond 150 with a swipe to deep midwicket. The highest individual score against Zimbabwe was Mohammad Shahzad's 118 not out.

Australia took 75 from the Powerplay, with Finch doing the bulk of the scoring while Short was content to turn the strike over to his big-hitting partner.

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