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Finch backs Smith and Warner for limited over captaincy

Aaron Finch, Six Sports

Aaron Finch has announced his retirement from the ODI format.

Australian white ball skipper, Aaron Finch is all set to retire from the ODI format post the conclusion of Australia vs New Zealand series on Sunday. However, he will continue playing the 20-20 format and lead his side in the upcoming T20 World Cup. He put out a statement saying,

“It has been a fantastic ride with some incredible memories. I have been extremely fortunate to be a part of some brilliant one-day sides. Equally, I have been blessed by all those I have played with and the many people behind the scenes. It is time now to give a new leader the best possible opportunity to prepare for and win the next World Cup. I thank all of those who have helped and supported my journey to this point”

Finch wants to pass the baton to Smith, Warner

The ICC Men’s ODI World Cup is scheduled for next year. Cricket Australia has limited time to decide on a replacement for Finch. Currently, Pat Cummins is the red-ball skipper for Australia. However, he made it very clear that he had no interest in taking up the white ball captaincy. Now the onus shifts back to Steve Smith and David Warner.

Ever since the infamous Sandpaper Gate, Smith and Warner have been barred from captaincy roles. Smith’s ban ended a long time ago, but David was handed a lifelong ban. Finch opened up in an interview. He said that the entire scandal has been put to rest and he sees no reason to not appoint Smith or Warner as the limited overs skipper. He backed Smith and said,

“I don’t think it is an issue. He captained a Test match in Adelaide after Pat was out with COVID. So I think that’s all been put to bed.”

Cricket Australia can review Warner’s lifetime ban

David Warner is reportedly all set to present his case to Cricket Australia to review his ban. Finch backs Warner and considers him a sound option for captaincy, and he urged CA to lift his life ban. He added,

“Warner is someone I have played under a few times for Australia when he has had the opportunity to captain. He has been fantastic. He is an unbelievable tactical captain and someone at the time the lads loved playing under. Would I like to see his ban overturned? Yeah, absolutely. What he can offer not just now as a player but going forward for him to be able to coach and help the next generation of players coming through is so important. You do your time, and he has well and truly done that.”

There are a few other candidates for the role as well. Some strong contenders for the role are Alex Carey, Mitchell Marsh, and Adam Zampa. But the experience Smith and Warner bring is unmatchable. With the ODI World Cup at stake, it will be interesting to see what Cricket Australia decides.

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