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Amy Finch has lashed out at trolls targeting her with vicious personal abuse evidently sparked by her husband Aaron's performance as captain of the Australian T20 squad.
Australia's T20 series against New Zealand has been a challenging one so far for Aaron Finch, who was already feeling the heat after a lacklustre BBL campaign.
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After Aaron posted just 12 runs in Australia's narrow loss on game two of the series on Thursday, Amy was angered by a deluge of abuse, much of it from gamblers blaming her husband for their losses.
“Tell your husband to step up by his captaincy bloody loser f***ing a**hole b**** because of him I lost all my money,” the Instagram comment read, which was shared by Amy.
In a post of her own, Amy said that while she and Aaron had been on the receiving end of such abuse for years and had developed a thick skin, there was no doubt it took a personal toll on the couple.
“Part of me doesn’t want to give this individual the satisfaction of a response, but this kind of crap happens far too often!” she wrote.
“I don’t appreciate it, neither does my husband who is battling and doing everything he possibly can to get back into the runs.
“Honestly, these keyboard warriors need to go and get a bloody life.
“This isn’t even one of the worst that has come my way, but I’ve had enough!”
Amy went on to say nobody deserved to hear such vitriol directed towards them for any reason, let alone something as worthless as a gambling loss.
"Comments of this nature have popped up for years now. It’s nothing new and it’s certainly something I’ve gotten used to.
“I have a pretty thick skin and can generally ignore them but recently there have been direct threats of violence and sexual assault towards me, my husband and members of our family.
“You name it, I’ve heard it. It’s gotten to a point where it needs to be called out because ignoring it doesn’t stop these people.
“NOBODY deserves that sort of language to be directed at them!! If you happen to be a fan, how about lending some words of encouragement and support.
“Otherwise, don’t call yourself a fan and please, do me a favour and press the unfollow button! A touch of kindness can go a long way!”
Marcus Stoinis backs Aaron Finch to return to runs
Marcus Stoinis has launched an impassioned defence of Aaron Finch as Australia's out-of-form skipper continues his wait for runs.
Finch never got moving during his stay at the crease in Australia's tight four-run loss in Dunedin.
Playing and missing his first stroke, Finch finished with 12 off 14 after pulling an effort to midwicket in an attempt to up his run rate.
The 34-year-old is a T20 legend but endured a poor Big Bash League, averaging just 14 and captaining the Melbourne Renegades to the wooden spoon.
Stoinis said Finch's critics should think back to his one-day series against India in November - when he averaged 83 and scored a superb century in Sydney - for proof he still had what it takes.
"There's just full confidence that he's going to perform for us," he said.
"I just see it as a long-term picture because come the World Cup we need him firing.
"He's arguably the best 20-20 batter in the world over a long period of time. His record so good. He's our captain. In our heads we just trust him.
"The same thing happened when he came back from IPL (in 2020), he didn't have the IPL he wanted but he made hundred after hundred in the one dayers.
"You got to ride out these sort of things ... we've got his back."
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