18 Jan 2013

Finch named Big Bash League's best player

8:19 am on 18 January 2013

The Auckland Aces' new recruit for today's crunch HRV Cup Twenty20 semi-final against the Wellington Firebirds has been named the Australian Big Bash League's Player of the Tournament.

Aaron Finch has capped a stellar season by being voted by the umpires as the best player in the league.

Finch, an Australian international batsman and Melbourne Renegades captain, polled 21 votes to finish a decisive winner ahead of Shaun Marsh and Lasith Malinga.

Finch averaged 77.25 with a strike rate of 128.21.

The winner of today's match at the Basin Reserve will face the Otago Volts in Sunday's final in Dunedin.

Finch comes fresh from the Big Bash League where he captained the Melbourne Renegades to the semi-finals. They lost to the Brisbane Heat, freeing Finch up to play in the capital, and the final if the Aces win.

The Aces squad also sees one change from that which downed the Stags to make the semi-final, with Grafton batsman Dusan Hakaraia joining the 13 to replace Anaru Kitchen, who suffered a side strain during that game and is still injured.