31 Aug 2013

Finch blasts Australia to victory

5:51 am on 31 August 2013

The Australian batsman Aaron Finch blasted the highest ever individual score in a Twenty20 international to power Australia to a drought-breaking 39-run win over England in Southampton.

Opener Finch smashed 156 off 63 balls as Australia earned their first win in any international cricket format in more than 200 days and landed an overdue blow against England after a 3-0 Ashes series loss.

Finch's innings easily surpassed the previous international record of 123 set by New Zealand's Brendon McCullum and became the first Australian to score a T20 international century.

His innings was the third highest T20 ever, including domestic cricket, behind only knocks from Chris Gayle (175no) and McCullum (158no) in the Indian Premier League.

Australia scored 248 for six and England finished on 209 for 6.

Australia had not won a match in any format since beating the West Indies in a one-day match at the MCG on February 10th.