Australia ODI captain: Outing Australian skipper Aaron Finch has backed senior opener David Warner to be next ODI skipper for the team. He said that the southpaw is very tactical and players enjoy playing under him.
“When he’s had the opportunity to captain, he’s been fantastic,” Aaron Finch on David Warner
The right-hander played his last game against New Zealand and he ended his captaincy tenure on high as well. Finch led Australia to the 3-0 whitewash against the Black Caps to sign off as the skipper in the 50-over format.
As Finch will no longer feature in ODI cricket, massive headaches lies ahead of Cricket Australia to name their next captain on the 50-over format. With youngsters in the side, David Warner, Steve Smith and Pat Cummins are the front runners for the post.
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But there are many speculations regarding the selection of Smith and Warner as the skipper of the side due to the previous leadership ban. The duo was banned from playing cricket and southpaw was handed a leadership ban for a lifetime after their sandpaper gate incident.
However, Finch feels that Cricket Australia should think about overturning Warner’s ban and give him a leadership role. Speaking to on Triple M radio, he said:
“I think CA (Cricket Australia) I think are revisiting what that looks like. He’s someone I’ve played under a few times for Australia when he’s had the opportunity to captain, and he’s been fantastic. He’s an unbelievable tactical captain and someone who at the time the guys loved playing under.
“I’m not 100 per cent sure of what CA’s position is on it. But would I like to see it overturned? (Yes) … he’s someone who, you do your time and he’s well and truly done that I think.”
Aaron Finch also talks about the possibility of Pat Cummings leading the side in ODIs
Pat Cummins has been exceptional as the captain of the Australian Test side. He could well be in consideration for the ODI skipper as well. But considering his workload as a fast bowler, CA might think twice before taking any step.
Finch believes that workload won’t be an issue for Cummins and if anyone can handle it it’s only the Australian Test skipper. He said:
“I think (Smith) captained a Test match in Adelaide after Pat was out with Covid, so I think that’s all been put to bed. I think it’s pretty hard (for a fast bowler) but if anyone can manage it, it would be Pat.”
Pat Cummins should get the opportunity to lead in the ODIs too. He has been good as a captain and has the potential to lead a team.
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After a 3-0 whitewash against New Zealand, Australia is next slated to travel to India to play the three-match T20I series before they head back home for the T20 World Cup 2022.