Rival captains hail Finch display
Stuart Broad conceded his England side had been batted out of their first Natwest Twenty20 clash against Australia by Aaron Finch.
England, in limited-over cricket after another triumphant Ashes series, could only stand and watch as Finch clubbed 156 in 63 balls for the highest-ever individual T20 international total.
Broad's men tried to chase Australia's mammoth 248 for six but fell 39 runs short, with Joe Root's unbeaten 90 their standout on a night which belonged to Finch.
"We're disappointed to have lost the game but credit to Australia and how they batted," Broad told Sky Sports Ashes.
"Finch was excellent. He tried most things, hit sixes and to hit 14 in an innings is quite incredible.
"Some times you hold your hands up and say you were outplayed - he hit his first ball for six and we knew it was going to be a tough ask."
On Root, who dipped in and out of form in the Test series, Broad added: "It was his first international T20 and 90 was a great effort."
Australia captain George Bailey could only marvel at Finch's one-man demolition job in Southampton.
"It was pretty extraordinary," he said. "I can only think of Chris Gayle in the Indian Premier League who has done that.
"We spoke to him about hitting sixes, telling him not to try and hit them 40 rows back. As it was, he hit them 40 rows back!"
Finch added: "It was one of those things, one of those days. The wicket was flat and it made it easier for stroke play. It was nice to get a few early and build on it."