The Australia captain is going through a barren run in T20 with a World Cup later in the year

Aaron Finch has been here before, not too long ago: struggling for runs and Australia trying to build for a World Cup.

Two years ago, with eyes on the 50-over World Cup, the limited-overs squad was on tour in India and the trip started with a continuation of a barren spell for Finch both in international and BBL colours.

This time, in early 2021, the T20I squad finds itself in New Zealand looking to fine-tune plans and tactics ahead of the T20 World Cup scheduled for October with a captain short of runs.

In 2019, things changed for Finch during an innings of 37 in an ODI in Nagpur which was followed by 93 in the next game as Australia came from 2-0 down to win the series 3-2 (something they need to repeat in New Zealand). From there he filled his boots against Pakistan in Sharjah before an impressive World Cup in England. Since that return to form he has averaged 59.60 in ODIs.

The current malaise has a bit more of a single-format focus about it. While he churned out the runs in the ODIs against India late last year, his last 29 T20 innings across the IPL, BBL and now this tour have brought a top score of 52 with 495 runs at 17.06.

Ahead of the 50-over World Cup, Australia were still rebuilding in the wake of Newlands and there was no appetite for further changes to the captaincy. Not that anyone wants to see a captain disposed, but this time there is not that element to the debate. However, the broader point is that Finch has been through this and came out the other side. Can he do it again?

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