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Spin attack impressing Finch

UPDATED 12 February, 2013 3:52PM AEST | by Ronny Lerner, Omnisport

Melbourne Renegades captain Aaron Finch has declared that his undefeated team currently possesses the best spin attack in the Big Bash League.

Tweak has played a huge role in the Renegades' unexpected early rise to the top of the standings, with spinners Aaron O'Brien (five), Muttiah Muralitharan (two) and Marlon Samuels (one) claiming eight of the Etihad Stadium residents' 12 wickets so far.
Two of their other four scalps have come courtesy of run outs and just two poles have come from pace.
Finch was full of praise for his trio of front-line spinners, including O'Brien who has taken the most wickets of any spinner so far in the BBL.
"The advantage of Murali is that he brings that mystery factor with him," Finch said prior to training at Junction Oval on Monday.
"So teams probably have to sit back and have a look at him a bit more which allows us to try and sneak through a couple of quick overs from him.
"Marlon Samuels is a world-class limited-overs bowler, Aaron O'Brien is someone who hasn't been playing any domestic cricket this year (and) the way that he's come in and just dominated so far has been outstanding."
The Renegades will be aiming to keep their perfect win-loss record intact against the Hobart Hurricanes on Wednesday in the Docklands and Finch suggested there was every chance the new ball would be thrown to one of his spinners.
"Definitely, it's an option you've got to look at," Finch said.
"I suppose when you come up against (Tim) Paine and (Ricky) Ponting at the top (of the batting order) for Hobart, it's something we'll have to sit down and assess hard I'm sure."
Ponting's rough trot with the willow continued on Saturday when the recently-retired international champion could only manage eight against the Melbourne Stars.
However, Finch said the legendary Australian batsman would still be treated with the utmost respect on Wednesday and described Ponting's scalp as a crucial one to get for the Renegades.
"He's the greatest batsman Australia has ever seen besides Don Bradman I think," Finch said.
"We've targeted to get him out early no doubt, I think that could really put them on the back foot early.
"I think it's such a big wicket, it's such a momentum wicket for us.
"We've seen over 15 or 20 years the class of a guy who can win a match from anywhere, who can turn it on when he needs to.
"You can never count out a guy who's as good as that."
Finch conceded he and his team-mates still feel like underdogs despite occupying top spot on the BBL ladder and said the Renegades were aiming to clinch a finals spot as quickly as possible.
"Two (wins) and 0 (losses) is a great position to be in but it means nothing if we don't really capitalise on it in these next three games," Finch said.
"It's going to be really important that we maintain that (momentum) and really try and push hard to get a finals berth wrapped up and not be one of the teams trying to scrape in to third and fourth place towards the end of the tournament."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 17 December, 2012 3:41PM AEST

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