Former Australian captain Aaron Finch could return as Australia’s Twenty20 International captain next month against the Sri Lanka series.
Australia is set to play a Test series, which is scheduled to be in India while they are hosting Sri Lanka for a three-match T20I series, which will start on February 17 in Melbourne. Finch could be called on to lead the team as Steve Smith won't be available.
This is the first time when former Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting has been appointed national assistant coach alongside Jason Gillespie and under Justin Langer for the series. Ponting told bigbash.com.au, “He’s been captain in the past, he’s in terrific form and you’d think he’s going to be in the team. I’m not sure what other names the selectors are tossing around, but to me, it seems like a pretty good fit.”
Currently, Finch is leading Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League, where he has scored 354 runs at an average of 44.25 in just eight matches, with a strike-rate of 160.90. In the tournament, he has hit three half-centuries in eight games, which including the tournament’s second fastest fifty off 20 balls.
His superb performance in the BBL would certainly be noticed by the selectors.
Last September, Finch was not able to participate in the T20I series against Sri Lanka due to his fractured finger and since then he has lost his spot in the one-day team.
Finch told bigbash.com.au, “I honestly haven’t thought about it to be honest … if selection goes my way, great. [The T20 captaincy] can be tough – there’s usually one game tacked onto the end of a series, or sometimes you play two or three and then you don’t play another few for 12 months or so.”
He further added, “So it is hard to get a rhythm in T20 internationals, especially for guys who are coming in for their first hit-out of international cricket – they play one or two games, then it’s almost 12 months again and they’re forgotten about. It’d be nice if there were more, but I totally understand that there’s a time constraint with scheduling.”
Finch explained that he has sharpened his game, “I think you look back at the opportunities you had and think what you could have done different. I probably tried to go too hard at the top of the order. I probably tried to play almost a T20 style of game in one-day cricket and got knocked over a couple of times. I couldn’t fault the selectors for dropping me to be honest. You never let go of (bring dropped) – it motivates you to keep training hard and working hard on your game – but it was on the cards.”