Form slump not affecting Aaron Finch's leadership: Kane Richardson

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Kane Richardson and Aaron Finch. (AFP Photo)

WELLINGTON: Aaron

Finch

's prolonged form slump has not changed the Australia captain's demeanour around the team in

New Zealand

and he deserves a "massive tick" for being able to put his struggles aside, fast bowler Kane

Richardson

said.
Australia's white ball captain Finch is under huge pressure to produce a score after bringing his poor form from the

Big Bash League

into the Twenty20 series.
He scored one run in the opener in Christchurch and 12 in Dunedin on Thursday as Australia fell 0-2 behind in the five-match series.
Richardson said Finch had not let his form affect his leadership.
"If you came into our camp today you wouldn't know that he's struggling for runs," Richardson told reporters on Friday.
"He hasn't changed how he is around the group with us, how he is on the field in terms of being captain and his plans.
"So that's a massive tick for him to not let his own form come into how he is away from

cricket

but also on the field.
"We just want to see him make some runs ... We all know how tough the game can be when you're not getting the output that you want."
With a raft of first-choice players left at home, Australia lost by four runs in Dunedin following their 53-run thrashing in Christchurch. The next game is in Wellington on March 3.
New Zealand piled on 219 for seven in Dunedin against a pace attack featuring Richardson,

Jhye Richardson

and rookie

Daniel Sams

.
Richardson said Jhye Richardson's return to international cricket after a major shoulder injury had been a bright spot but other bowlers had let the side down.
"As a bowling group, we've probably been outbowled these first two games," he said.
"He's definitely holding up his end of the bargain, but I think myself and a few others need to continue to back him up a bit better than what we have the first two."

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