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Aaron Finch has backed his teammate and opening partner David Warner to lead Australia in ODIs following his retirement from the 50-over format.
Aaron Finch backs David Warner to be Australia’s next ODI captain (AFP Photo)
- Aaron Finch has bakced David Warner to become Australia’s next ODI captain
- Finch has captained Australia in 54 ODIs before retiring from the format
- Warner-Finch is one of the most successful opening pairs in ODI cricket history
Warner-Finch is one of the most successful opening pairs in ODI cricket history, after the likes of Sourav Ganguly-Sachin Tendulkar, Sachin-Virender Sehwag, Matthew Hayden-Adam Gilchrist and Rohit Sharma-Shikhar Dhawan among others.
Finch, who has captained Australia 54 times in his 145 one-day matches, will continue to lead the country’s Twenty20 side including at this year’s World Cup, which the Australians will host from October 16. Finch’s retirement comes with the 35-year-old having a poor run of batting form in the ODIs.
David Warner, Steve Smith, and Pat Cummins emerge as the obvious candidates to replace Finch, but leadership bans and workload concerns cloud the management’s decision.
Warner was handed a lifetime ban from leadership roles due to his involvement in the infamous Sandpaper-gate incident. Warner was found guilty of instigating the idea behind the ball-tampering tactic for which then-captain Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft were punished as well.
“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,” Finch said on Triple M radio.
“I’m not 100 percent 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,” Finch added.
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