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Aaron Finch wants to be part of three World Cups in three years before likely calling time on his international career at the end of the 2023 ODI tournament in India.

Finch is preparing to captain Australia on their limited-overs tour to England which will mark their return to action for the first time since March. He said that the first period of downtime created by the pandemic was a welcome change to a hectic lifestyle that often sees him away from home, but over the last couple of months the desire to return to the middle has increased.

The chance to captain in a home tournament has now been pushed back to 2022 with the postponement of this year’s T20 World Cup with the next tournament now being the 2021 event in India. He has previously talked about the aim of reaching the 2023 World Cup and he hopes to be able to atone for last year’s semi-final exit by ending his international career on a title-winning note.

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“My end date at this stage is the World Cup final of the 2023 World Cup in India. That’s my goal and I’m sticking to it,” Finch told SEN Radio. “That’s what I had my mind set on a fair way out but I think this period has just confirmed it. That will see me through to 36, obviously with form and injury permitting.

“But I think having this break, as difficult as it’s been for so many people, I think for athletes – especially ones that are travelling non-stop and playing 10 or 11 months of the year, it’s been that mental freshen up that people needed that haven’t had the opportunity to do so.

“If I thought that I was going to be pushing it to get to that date, this break’s definitely confirmed that I’ll be ready to go right through to that period.”

Living in Melbourne, Finch, along with Glenn Maxwell, the two Victoria-based players in Australia’s squad, have been under very strict lockdown protocols in recent weeks since the city went into Stage 4 restrictions due to a spike in Covid-19.

He revealed that he and his wife, Amy, have not even been allowed to go to the supermarket as all precautions have been taken by Cricket Australia to reduce the risk ahead of the England tour. He and Maxwell have been able to continue training at the Junction Oval but have separated from the rest of the Victoria squad.

Finch is due to have his third Covid-19 test on Thursday ahead of flying to Perth on Sunday to connect with the chartered flight that will take the team to the UK.

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Recent Match Report – New Zealand vs West Indies 2nd T20I 2020

Toss West Indies chose to bowl vs New Zealand

Grey skies greeted both teams at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui — with showers in the earlier part of the morning delaying the start of play by 15 minutes, and the toss by 25 — as West Indies captain Kieron Pollard handed a T20I debut to allrounder Kyle Mayers, replacing Kesrick Williams from the team that played the first match on Friday.

New Zealand effected one change as well, with leg spinner Ish Sodhi replacing Hamish Bennett. Sodhi has taken 10 wickets in T20Is at the Bay Oval, more than any other bowler, and joins compatriot Trent Boult (9) and Rubel Hossain of Bangladesh (6) among the three bowlers with more than five wickets at this venue.

New Zealand had won the first T20I in Auckland by 5 wickets, chasing a DLS-adjusted target of 176 in 16 overs, after West Indies put up 180 for 7 off their 16 overs, shortened from the original 20 after three rain interruptions, the last of which took place after they had reached 96 for 5 off 10 overs.

New Zealand: 1 Tim Seifert (wk), 2 Martin Guptill, 3 Glenn Phillips, 4 Devon Conway, 5 Ross Taylor, 6 James Neesham, 7 Mitchell Santner, 8 Tim Southee (capt), 9 Kyle Jamieson, 10 Lockie Ferguson, 11 Ish Sodhi

West Indies: 1 Andre Fletcher, 2 Brandon King, 3 Shimron Hetmyer, 4 Nicholas Pooran (wk), 5 Kieron Pollard (capt), 6 Rovman Powell, 7 Fabian Allen, 8 Kyle Mayers, 9 Keemo Paul, 10 Oshane Thomas, 11 Sheldon Cottrell

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Texas Tech levels score with Oklahoma State, 14-14, thanks to SaRodorick Thompson’s second TD of the day

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Welcome to News – Al Ahly conquer Africa, clinch Club World Cup ticket

  • Al Ahly defeated Zamalek 2-1 to win the CAF Champions League
  • Mohamed ‘Afsha’ Magdy scored the late winner
  • The Red Devils secured a spot at the FIFA Club World Cup

Al Ahly beat arch-rivals Zamalek 2-1 to conquer the CAF Champions League 2019/20 and, with it, a spot at the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™, which will be held in Doha from 1 to 11 February 2021.

The win gave the Red Devils a record-extending ninth African crown in a game that lived up to expectations in terms of excitement, beautiful goals and intensity.

Al Ahly prevailed in what had been dubbed ‘The Final of the Century’, a local derby between the two giants from Cairo, a city that lives and breathes football like few other. The CAF Champions League showpiece was also the first to be contested between two teams from the same country.

CAF Champions League final

Al Ahly 2-1 Zamalek (Cairo Stadium, Egypt)


Al Ahly: Amr El Soleya (5’), Afsha (86’)

Zamalek: Shikabala (31’)

The match

Al Ahly took the initiative from the start and gained an early lead when Amr El Soleya nodded home a header from Ali Maaloul’s corner.

Zamalek refused to be knocked off course, though, and after spurning a number of chances drew level via a sensational solo effort by Shikabala. The White Knights captain cut inside from the right, skipped around two challenges and fired a precise shot from outside the box into the far corner of Mohamed Elshanawy’s net.

The tempo increased at the start of the second half, with real chances coming at both ends of the pitch. First, Al Ahly’s Hussein Elshahat contrived to hit the post when faced with an open goal, and then it was Zamalek’s Zizo’s turn to hit the woodwork from long range.

With the match looking like it was heading into extra-time, Afsha had other ideas. He showed fantastic control, bringing a loose ball down off his knee before smashing a volley past Zamalek keeper Abu Gabal from fully 20 yards.

Man of the match

With his raw pace and direct running, attacking midfielder Mohamed ‘Afsha’ Magdy was threatening throughout. He almost put Al Ahly ahead from a free-kick late on, but was not to be denied when he controlled the ball outside the box and smashed home to give the Red Devils a historic win over Zamalek.

Al Ahly have now won nine CAF Champions League titles. No other team has won more than five.

What they said

Mohamed Magdy: “First, I’d like to congratulate Zamalek on their great performance today. It was a good game from both sides. As for my goal, I have scored similar ones before, one of them with the national team. I want to congratulate our fans on this fantastic title.”

Did you know?

  • Last night Al Ahly won their 139th title, confirming their status as the most-crowned club in Egypt.
  • Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane has now won the CAF Champions League twice. Coincidently, he claimed both titles at the expense of Zamalek: in 2016 with Mamelodi Sundowns and last night with Al Ahly.

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