Despite his dismal form, Australian captain Aaron Finch has supported colleague and opening partner David Warner to win the T20 World Cup player of the tournament title. After Australia’s maiden world title win in T20Is, Warner made major contributions in the semifinal and final, finishing as the second highest run-getter to receive the prestigious player of the tournament award on Sunday (November 15).

However, his status in the XI was in doubt following his dismal performance in the IPL, which saw him lose captaincy and eventually his berth. When asked if he thought Warner would win the man of the tournament award, Finch replied, “I certainly did.” “I guarantee you, I contacted Justin Langer a few months ago and told him, ‘Don’t worry about Davey, he’ll be Man of the Tournament”. Personally, I believe Adam Zampa should have won Man of the Tournament, because he’s a fantastic player. He’s one of the greatest hitters of all time. He’s also a fighter. When he’s up against a brick wall, you’ll get the absolute best of David Warner. The last few of knocks were a special finish to the tournament for him.”

Finch praised his team’s new-ball performance in the final, which saw Australia restrict New Zealand to just 57 runs in the first half of their innings. Despite the fact that New Zealand recovered to record a solid 172, half-centuries from Warner and Mitchell Marsh sealed the victory for Australia. “In that power play, I thought the manner we bowled with the new ball was clearly incredibly significant,” Finch said. “I think we limited New Zealand to 57 runs in the first ten overs. But we knew it was going to be difficult since the dew began to fall heavily, something we hadn’t seen at all in the tournament thus far.