Returning Yorkshire star Aaron Finch is aiming to find consistency in this summer’s NatWest T20 Blast during his second spell as the county’s overseas player.
The powerful Australian Twenty20 captain is fit again after tearing his left hamstring on IPL duty on April 14, and he will play against Northants Steelbacks at Headingley on Sunday afternoon.
Finch, 28, will line up alongside compatriot and big mate Glenn Maxwell as the Vikings look to end a two-game losing streak and win for the third time in five North Division outings.
He only passed 50 twice in ten 20-over innings last season.
Both of those were typically explosive efforts against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford and Nottinghamshire at Headingley.
And he wants to produce those kind of fireworks more often in 2015: “Last year, I was disappointed with my T20 form,” he said.
“I had a couple of decent innings, but my consistency wasn’t really there. Hopefully this year I can win a couple of games and be someone at the top of the order who really gets us off to a good start.
“We’ve got a really good balanced team with youth and experience.
“It’s just a good opportunity to force our way into Finals Day. From there, anything can happen. You hit a couple out of the middle and find yourself winning a title. That’s what we’re here for.”
Finch was initially ruled out for three months, but his return is five weeks ahead of schedule.
He scored 13 and 32 in two second XI matches against Northants at Barnsley yesterday.
“I’m feeling very ready,” he said. “I hit a few in the middle, which was nice. That was all I was looking to get out of it - to get a bit of time in the middle and to hit a few balls.
“Being winter in Melbourne, I haven’t been outdoors hitting. It was just nice to see the ball out of the hand and get a couple in the middle.
“Unfortunately, we couldn’t win any of the games, but it was nice preparation for Sunday.
“I’m just looking forward to playing again. Hopefully I’ll get some runs and help the team win.”
Finch and Maxwell were housemates in Melbourne until shortly before the recent one-day World Cup, and the former is looking forward to a mouthwatering on-field partnership.
“He used to live at my place until I kicked him out. He was a bit late on the rent. He was struggling for a dollar, so I had to get a new tenant,” quipped Finch.
“I love playing cricket with him. He’s someone who entertains the crowds, and that’s what you want.”
Northamptonshire are in action tonight against Leicestershire at Grace Road.